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Tipuric and Ball ruled out of Wales V South Africa clash

Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric have both been ruled out of Wales' clash against South Africa Credit: PA images

Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric will miss Wales’ final game of the Autumn series against South Africa due to injury.

Ball dislocated his shoulder during Saturday’s 18-33 defeat to the All Blacks while flanker Tipuric has been released back to the Ospreys for treatment on a thigh problem picked up in the same game.

Their absence adds to Warren Gatland’s selection issues for the final game of the series.

He is already set to be without most of his English based players due to the game falling outside of the World Rugby international test match window, while a mounting injury list has already rid him of several senior players.

Gatland is however set to be handed a boost with the availability of number eight Taulupe Faletau despite his club Bath in line to receive a fine for allowing him to play, against Premiership Rugby rules.

It is understood Faletau has a clause in his contract that allows him to play for Wales outside of the usual window unlike other English based players.

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