Priestland out of Six Nations

Scarlets and Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland will be out of action for the next six months, after having surgery on a ruptured achilles tendon.

Wales' options at fly-half

So who will replace the injured Rhys Priestland in the famous number 10 jersey, when Wales defend their Grand Slam crown in the spring?

Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar is the favourite. He's been in consistently good form for his region, but has not yet been given a long run in the Wales shirt.

Dan Biggar
Dan Biggar - Club: Ospreys, Age: 23, Caps: 11 Credit: David Jones / PA Archive / Press Association Images

Many think it's time James Hook is given a chance in his favoured position. He might have suffered for his versatility in the past, and playing his club rugby in France may also count against him.

James Hook
James Hook - Club: Perpignan, Age: 27, Caps: 67 Credit: David Davies / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Rhys Patchell is the new man on the scene, winning great acclaim for his Blues performances. He scored all 24 of the region's points against Montpellier on Sunday, but is only 19.

Rhys Patchell
Rhys Patchell - Club: Cardiff Blues, Age: 19, Caps: 0 Credit: David Jones / PA Wire / Press Association Images

There could even be a recall for veteran Stephen Jones, now playing over the border in England. He is Wales' all-time most-capped player.

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones - Club: London Wasps, Age: 35, Caps: 104 Credit: Joe Giddens / EMPICS Sport

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Wales sweat on Priestland injury

The Scarlets and Wales are waiting on news of a scan on Rhys Priestland's achilles injury. It's feared the fly-half could be ruled out of the Six Nations and even next summer's Lions tour in a worst-case scenario. The 25-year-old was injured during the Scarlets' 22-16 Heieken Cup defeat to Exeter.

Rhys Priestland
Priestland was stretchered off on Saturday and is having a scan today Credit: David Jones / PA Wire / Press Association Images

He's the latest in a long line of Welsh injury worries, after a bruising autumn international series. Adam Jones, Aaron Jarvis, Craig Mitchell, Ian Evans, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, George North, Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny have all been sidelined recently.