Sam Warburton will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced The Lions captain – who has not played since he returned from tour in New Zealand - is currently out with a neck injury but decided to have an operation to fix an existing problem with his knee. The recovery time is anticipated to be between four and six months and means the 29-year-old flanker will miss the Six Nations as well the Cardiff Blues’ remaining campaign in the Guinness Pro 14 and Europe.
RGC 1404 half-backs Jacob Botica and Alex Schwarz will team-up in the Scarlets Premiership Select XV for the British & Irish Cup clash with top-of-the-table Cornish Pirates at Carmarthen Park on Sunday, 10 December (kick-off 2.30pm). Former Wales Under 20 Grand Slam skipper Tom Phillips will lead the side into the third round. The Scarlets currently sit in the second position in their pool after securing a victory over Hartpury and suffering a narrow defeat to Ulster A in the opening two rounds. Hard running RGC centre Tom Hughes also gets a first start in the game as he and his Gog team mates return to the ground where they suffered a loss against Carmarthen Quins in the top of the table West Division clash in the Principality Premiership.
Paul Clement has revealed he would be keen to rekindle Swansea City’s interest in Nacer Chadli. The Swans face Chadli’s club West Bromwich Albion in a critical game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, although the Belgian midfielder will be missing through injury. Chadli was a target for Clement before the season began, but West Brom were reluctant to sell even though the player was believed to have fallen out with former manager Tony Pulis.
Dan Evans will enter the record books this weekend when he completes the faster century of appearances for the Ospreys. The full back will make his 100th appearance for the region on Saturday evening in the Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints just three years, three months and four days after his debut at the Liberty Stadium, a 44-13 over Benetton Treviso on the opening day of the 14/15 season. That’s a four months faster than the current record, Richard Fussell’s three years and seven months, and is testimony to 29-year old Evans’ durability and consistency.