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Ken Owens ruled out of Japan tour

The hooker suffered nerve damage. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Wales have suffered a third injury setback ahead of their tour to Japan next month with Ken Owens ruled out through injury.

Hooker Owens has followed his Scarlets colleagues - fly-half Rhys Priestland (Achilles) and centre Scott Williams (shoulder) - in being ruled out of the two-Test trip.

He took a blow to his neck during the Scarlets' RaboDirect PRO12 play-off defeat against Ulster in Belfast last Friday, which affected a nerve in his arm.

Uncapped Newport Gwent Dragons hooker Sam Parry was called into the Wales training squad earlier this week.

Tour head coach Robin McBryde is due to announce his final 27-man tour party next Tuesday.