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Joe Ledley doubt for Wales with wife expecting third child

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Joe Ledley could miss Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland if his pregnant wife Ruby goes into labour before the Dublin clash.

The prospect of midfielder Ledley missing the game has been raised by his Crystal Palace team-mate Wayne Hennessey, who was speaking to the media little more than 48 hours before the Group D clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Ruby is due to give birth to the couple's third child a few days after Wales take on group leaders the Republic. But Hennessey says that Ledley is on tenterhooks as the due date and Ireland game draws nearer, and that his best friend has even had a member of the Wales staff take his mobile phone out to the training ground this week

He's not been nervous, he's been calm. He's just keeping his phone on loud and for one of the members of staff to take his phone if he's out on the training field.

He's used to it now... but let's hope she doesn't drop before the game. I would be lost without him!

– Wayne Hennessey, Wales International

Wales captain faces six week out with shoulder injury

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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones faces up to six weeks out with a shoulder injury picked up in the RBS 6 Nations defeat by France in Paris.

The 31-year-old lock was replaced on 51 minutes after hurting himself at a ruck during the 20-18 defeat on Saturday.

Jones, who had been touted as a possible candidate to lead the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, will now not be available for his club Ospreys who are away at Treviso in the Guinness PRO12 this weekend.

Alun Wyn suffered a shoulder injury in the France v Wales RBS 6 Nations match at the weekend and, following scans and orthopaedic consultation, he will undergo an initial six-week period of rehabilitation.

– WRU statement

Ospreys are set to play the final match of the regular season against Scarlets on May 6, with the Lions squad due to head off to New Zealand around three weeks later.

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