Injuries give Wales headache ahead of 6 Nations

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales coach Warren Gatland may have to reshuffle for next month’s Six Nations opener against Ireland after injuries to Rhys Priestland and Dan Lydiate.

Flyhalf Priestland hurt his knee in the Scarlets’ Heineken Cup win at Castres on Saturday, when flanker Lydiate limped out of Newport Gwent Dragons’ Challenge Cup victory over Cavalieri Prato.

Priestland’s absence through injury cost Wales at last year’s World Cup. The team was less fluent without him and lost a semifinal to France and third-place playoff to Australia.

Lydiate also missed part of the World Cup pool stage.

Gatland has already lost forwards Luke Charteris, Alun-Wyn Jones and Lloyd Burns to injury and center Jamie Roberts is still recovering from a knee injury.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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