Gloucester boss David Humphreys was “surprised” by reports of Welsh unrest over Richard Hibbard’s inclusion in his squad.
Gloucester boss David Humphreys was “surprised” by reports of Welsh unrest over Richard Hibbard being named in his 23 to face Harlequins.
The Premiership side’s director of rugby, who had named the international hooker on his bench, said he had the blessing of Wales’ management.
Hibbard played the final seven minutes of the defeat after Wales had decided to release him from their group to face on Fiji on Saturday.
“We did not have any problems with Wales. Clearly, we have no impact on Welsh selection. All I will say is that we had discussions with the Welsh management yesterday and it was agreed with the Welsh management that Richard would be sitting on the bench tonight,” said Humphreys afterwards.
“We are unaware of what changed between last night and this morning. We want Richard to be playing against New Zealand and look forward to seeing him against them.
“The starting point in all these discussions is we wouldn’t do anything that jeopardised player welfare and, as far as we were concerned, Richard was fit to play and that was agreed with the Welsh management yesterday afternoon.
“We are very surprised by this. As far as we are concerned, there was no issue. I don’t think this is something which should been made a big issue.”