Saturday, 18 January 2014

"Prop Davey Wilson will be back for second half of Six Nations," says Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford

Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford has allayed fears over injured prop Davey Wilson.

The 28-year-old tighthead has not played since coming on as a replacement in the Amlin Cup win at home to Italian side Mogliano in mid-December.

Wilson appeared to come through the match unscathed but was diagnosed with a calf injury when he returned to training at the club’s Farleigh House headquarters two days later.

Last week, Wilson was retained in England’s revised EPS squad but left out of the Six Nations squad named by national head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Bath boss Ford, however, does not expect the 31-cap international to sit out the championship altogether.

“He’ll probably miss the first one or two Six Nations games,” said former England defence coach Ford.

“He’s an injury replacement, he’s been replaced by Henry Thomas. When Dave is fit, he’ll be back in.”

Ford says Wilson will play for Bath before rejoining the Red Rose camp and has pencilled in the Aviva Premiership match at home to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, February 8 as the date for his return.

“He’ll play for us before as he’s no good just going and sitting on the bench. England understand that, I spoke to Stuart about that,” said Ford.

“I don’t think he’ll play more than two games for us consecutively before he gets drafted back in but he needs that game time to get his fitness back.

“I don’t think he’ll make the LV= Cup games, I think he will make Newcastle in the Premiership.”

Source: Bath Chronicle

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