Despite suffering his third concussion in a calendar year, rhys Patchell will be appropriate, insists Warren Gatland.
The 26-year-old fly-half abandoned the pitch throughout the first half of Wales’ 19-10 defeat Ireland on Saturday to get a head-injury assessment (HIA) after colliding with CJ Stander in the build-up to Ireland’s first try.
Head trainer Gatland confessed on Saturday that Patchell will be assessed by the medics in the next few days, together with the Welsh tribe flying to Japan on Wednesday.
Wales have two fly-halves in their squad, with Gareth Anscombe recovering the two playmakers for the World Cup.
Asked if Patchell would be on this trip, Gatland said:”Patchell is going to be fine for this. He appears okay from the changing rooms.
“He’s simply got to be analyzed in the next few days. We’ll speak with the medics about that and see how he fares over the next few days”
Patchell has suffered a run of injury fortune, having fought a hamstring and two concussions across the class of the last 12 months.
He’s acquitted himself well in Wales’ warm-up matches, but faces a race against time to be fit for its World Cup opener against Georgia on September 23.
Asked if he had any concerns with only two fly-halves within his squad, Gatland added:”We will see how he’s out of the next couple of days.
“He certainly deserves some good luck because he has gone well. And the ironic thing is that he went and that where the concussions occur when players go low and a knee or a hip hit the tackler.
“So that is something we will have to keep seeing with World Rugby.”
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