Wales confident centres will be fit for Springboks

TOKYO (AFP) – Wales are confident their crucial but injury-prone centre pairing of Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes will be fit for this Sunday’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

Davies was a late withdrawal from the 20-19 quarter-final victory over France last weekend with a knee injury, while Kiwi-born Parkes played with a shoulder contusion and a bone fracture in his hand.

But Wales’ skills coach Neil Jenkins said yesterday he had “no doubt” the midfield partners would be fit to take on the Springboks in Yokohama.

“As the week progresses, they’ll train with us as normal and obviously I’d like to think they’ll take a full part in training this week and make themselves available for selection on Sunday,” he added.

“These games don’t come around very often,” added Jenkins.

“I think sometimes if your leg’s hanging off, you strap it to yourself to get yourself right and I’m sure they’ll do that this week!”

In a sign Wales felt they needed cover in the back-line, they called up Cardiff Blues winger Owen Lane to replace Josh Navidi when he was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

And Jenkins insisted the winger could play at centre.

“He’s a talented rugby player and can play in both positions,” Jenkins said.