Tomas Francis: Prop out of Wales tour in South Africa due to concussion | Rugby Union News
Tighthead stalwart Tomas Francis suffered a concussion in Wales’ opening three-Test series against the Springboks and will now return home; watch the second test live on Sky Sports Action from 3.30pm on Saturday (kick-off 4.05pm)
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Tomas Francis is out of Wales’ remaining Test matches against South Africa after suffering a concussion in the series opener.
Accessory Francis was blown off after picking up a blow to the head in Saturday’s 32-29 First Test defeat at Pretoria.
He faced a mandatory 12-day waiting period but the Ospreys forward will now return home on Tuesday.
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“Tomas Francis will no longer play a role in the Welsh tour of South Africa following the concussion he suffered in the first Test match against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld,” the Welsh Rugby Union said in a statement.
“The WRU medical team have taken Francis off the rest of the series to allow him to optimize his recovery. He will return home to Wales tomorrow.
“Dillon Lewis, Sam Wainwright and Harri O’Connor are the last pillars of the team.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac names his starting line-up for the second Test on Thursday, with one of the uncapped pairings of Wainwright and O’Connor set for a place on the bench.
Highlights from the first test as South Africa take on Wales in Pretoria.
Saracens one-on-one Wainwright was called up to the Tour squad as a replacement for injured Leon Brown, while Scarlets forward O’Connor was added to the initial 33-man squad just before the start for South Africa.
Dewi Lake, meanwhile, underlined Wales’ fierce belief that they can overturn a Test Series deficit and make history in South Africa.
Wales face the Springboks at Bloemfontein next Saturday after seeing an 18-3 lead over the revised interval at Loftus Versfeld.
Hooker Lake’s late try took Wales level as they chased a first win over the Springboks in South Africa on the 11th attempt, but skipper Dan Biggar missed the conversion, before the full-back Springboks full-back Damian Willemse throws a winning penalty with the last kick of the match. .
Former Wales international Jamie Roberts says nobody expected such a Welsh performance against South Africa after a disappointing Six Nations.
A thrilling game proved much closer than many had predicted, with Wales arriving on tour following a Six Nations home defeat to Italy three months ago.
“We’ll have the bit between our teeth for the next test, and we’ll support each other to get it done,” Lake said. “We still have a chance to make history.
“We only have one goal and we can still win 2-1. It’s not a case where it’s done for us and we got out of it. The suggestion throughout the week was that we didn’t have a chance at all, but we proved we were already wrong.
“We support each other to go out and do a job, and over the next two weeks it’s up to us. Bring on the next two weeks.
Will Greenwood says Wales will have no better opportunity to win in South Africa than when they last “heart-breakingly” lost in the first Test.
“We’ve talked about the toll this will have on us as a team, both mentally and physically, over the past two weeks, but until you’re in it, you don’t feel anything.”
The Wales side will leave their base in Johannesburg for Bloemfontein on Thursday, where two previous meetings against South Africa saw the tourists beaten 34-19 in 2002 and 43-17 six years later.