News is emerging this morning that the WRU are set to hold open trials in an effort to help fill the void left by injuries to key midfield personnel…
With Cory Allen and Scott Williams joining Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts in the treatment room, it is believed Warren Gatland has persuaded the WRU to hold an open trials session at the Millennium Stadium on Monday morning in a bid to find a new centre pairing for the remaining Autumn Internationals.
Gatland is believed to be keen to find a new pair of centre’s ahead of his sides clash with Tonga on Friday as he is desperate to ensure James Hook remains nowhere near the Welsh starting line-up. Meanwhile Brian O’Driscoll is said to be devastated to have been overlooked by Mr Gatland once again.
The trials are likely to be open to all-comers although the WRU have issued a series of requirements for entrants including an explicit stipulation for participans to be at least 6ft tall and weigh more than 16st. It is also stated that ideally you must also have some form of Welsh lineage, although it is believed that this is a non-essential requirement and is likely to be overlooked if your surname is North.
Whilst the RFU are openly condemning the move, insiders have indicated that Stuart Lancaster is likely to be in Cardiff on Monday in the hope of recruiting Gatland’s rejects in a tame effort to fill the void left by Manu Tuilagi’s likely absence from the up-coming Six Nations.
The RFU have also confirmed that Lancaster will be undertaking a short scouting mission to the South Sea islands, although they categorically state that this is not in an effort to try and patriate Manu’s cross-dressing brother Olotuli. Meanwhile Joe Schmidt is nowhere to be seen.
*Disclaimer – some or all of the above may not be entirely true.