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Wales receive triple fitness boost

16th January 2013 15:22

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Richard Hibbard

Recovery: Richard Hibbard

Wales forwards trio Richard Hibbard, Ian Evans and Ryan Jones are all set to be fit for the Six Nations opener against Ireland.

With just over two weeks until the start of the tournament, Wales have been struggling with injuries, however the news from the Ospreys camp will provide Rob Howley and his staff with a boost.

"[Hibbard] is sore at the minute. If we pushed him, we could push him through this week and he would play. But for his own safety we've decided to take that decision out of his hands," said Ospreys coach Jonathan Humphreys to WalesOnline.

"He will definitely be fit for Wales-Ireland. The kid is absolutely phenomenal. I hope he starts for Wales. If it was up to me, I would pick him for the Lions tour. I think he is the best hooker in Europe."

"Don't discount Ryan. He shouldn't be too far off. Obviously his bone was sticking through his hand, but in terms of nerve and ligaments and that it's the best case scenario," added Humphreys.

"If it's a question of pain management, which it probably will be, then he's a real tough kid. I am sure he will be fine.

"[Evans] should be ready for the first Six Nations game against Ireland. He has been up running. He's just had a little setback in terms of there's just a little bit of discomfort.

"We will be signing him over to Wales and it's up to them how they manage him and hopefully he will be up to speed to start. It would be huge ask but needs must. If they feel that he can do a job for them off that, then so be it.

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