Rugby Winger Lane to replace forward Navidi in Wales World Cup squad

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Rugby Wing Owen Lane scores for Wales against Ireland in August 2019

Wing Owen Lane scored a try on his debut for Wales against Ireland in August 2019
2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Sun, 27 OctKick-off:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Wales have called up Cardiff Blues wing Owen Lane to the World Cup, although he replaces a forward after back row Josh Navidi was ruled out by injury.

Navidi injured his hamstring during Sunday’s 20-19 quarter-final win over France in Oita.

Lane, who can also play at centre, was part of Wales’ extended pre-tournament training squad.

The 21-year-old made his Test debut in August’s warm-up defeat to Ireland in Cardiff, scoring a try.

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Lane will arrive in Japan on Tuesday afternoon and while defence coach Shaun Edwards is looking forward to his arrival, he says Wales will miss Navidi’s influence.

“He is a great character. He is a very good player and has huge potential going forward and we were very impressed with him in the summer,” said Edwards.

“We have been away for quite a few weeks now and he has got some great banter. Sometimes you need that when you have been way from home for so long.

“Josh has been one of our go-to players over the last two years during a period where we have been successful.

“Everyone is gutted for Josh and, for myself, he is one of our best defensive player

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