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Jonathan Davies says Wales' late loss 'did not seem right'

Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Centre Jonathan Davies says "it just didn't seem right" after Wales' RBS 6 Nations campaign ended in a controversial fashion against France on Saturday.

Wales were beaten 20 - 18, conceding a 100th minute try and conversion in a game that may now be investigated by Six Nations chiefs, after a chaotic finale.

Wales' interim head coach, Rob Howley, said the "integrity of the game had been brought into disrepute" after France replacement prop Uini Atonio went off for a head injury assessment, with starting tighthead Rabah Slimani then returning during 20 minutes of stoppage time.

The process leading up to the change of the French tighthead, the way that occurred, we love our game too much to have those decisions. It is hugely disappointing.

The process that occurred prior to him warming up before going back on, one of their coaches went outside the technical area, had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that, he went on and took their tighthead off. The evidence suggests that it's not in the integrity of our game.

The referee is told an HIA needs to take place, and he trusts that information. It wasn't his fault in the last 10 minutes. He has listened to a medic.

– Rob Howley, Wales interim head coach
Atonio went off for a head injury assessment, meaning Slimani could return to the field Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Slimani had earlier been replaced, but the France team doctor insisted that Atonio needed an HIA, allowing Slimani to go back on as France attacked Wales' line through a series of scrums.

It was a very long extra time, if you call it that. It's a tough pill to swallow. It was disappointing how it ended.

Of course, if the prop is complaining about a head injury, player welfare is important. It just didn't seem right, in my opinion.

– Jonathan Davies, Wales centre
Wales interim head coach Rob Howley says the episode is 'hugely disappointing'. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

It's thought Six Nations bosses will likely probe the events of the game, and France could face disciplinary action if anything is proven against them.

Howley added, "We will look over the whole footage. A lot of it is on microphone as well. It is pretty obvious what happened."

It's alleged that someone from the French camp went outside the technical area, which isn't allowed, before the doctor went onto the field at a break in play. Howley says this is outside the laws of the game.

Wales were left to reflect on a third defeat of the tournament and a fifth place finish, their worst Six Nations position since 2007.

Six Leigh Halfpenny penalties had put them in pole position to win the game, but 20 minutes of added time, that also included Wales prop Samson Lee being sin binned, then took centre stage.

I think we've shown in parts a lot of very good things.

But you look at the England game - the end of that - the second half in Scotland and the start against France (Wales trailed 10-0 after 15 minutes), it just shows how important it is you play for 80 minutes. You can't switch off.

We didn't come out of the blocks, and France did.

There are a lot of positives to take away from the tournament, but there are also a lot of things we need to work on.

– Jonathan Davies, Wales centre