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Josh Navidi to miss rest of Rugby World Cup with hamstring injury

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Wales back-row forward Josh Navidi has been ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed Navidi would miss the rest of the tournament because of the injury suffered in the quarter-final victory over France on Sunday.

Wales play South Africa in the semi-finals in Yokohama on Sunday.

Gatland said that Wales would be calling up a replacement, although it would not be a back-row forward.

Cardiff Blues wing Owen Lane and Ospreys centre Scott Williams appear to head the list of candidates.

The suggestion is that he will add a back to the squad, although no decision on any particular player has yet been made.

Navidi's loss is a blow, but Wales have considerable back-row resources with the likes of Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty all performing well.

Centre Scott Williams and wing Owen Lane could be among those players who come into the mix as potential replacements for Navidi.

Wales will hope to have centre Jonathan Davies available for the Springboks clash.

He missed the France game due to a knee injury, with Owen Watkin replacing him and partnering Hadleigh Parkes in midfield.

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He (Navidi) will be ruled out. We will be looking to bring in a replacement tomorrow.

It is a Grade Two hamstring, so it is at least a couple of weeks. It is disappointing for him.

He has been very influential and very important for us in the past year.

It (a replacement) won't be a back-rower. We haven't made the decision yet. We have just got to wait to get approval from World Rugby.

Elsewhere, there are a few sore bodies, but everyone is ready to go. It will be a light training session tomorrow, and our big training day will be on Wednesday.

– Warren Gatland

Gatland also responded on Monday to controversy over a picture taken of the referee in Wales and France's clash posing with Welsh fans apparently mocking the elbow to Aaron Wainwright's head that earned Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card.

Yes, I've seen that.

I don't really know how to answer that question. He's had his 50th cap, he's posing with a few fans and he's making a bit of a joke about the incident in the game.

How people interpret that is up to them. Obviously, the way things are and how PC everyone is, people like to make mountains out of molehills.

That's how I view the situation at the moment.

– Warren Gatland