Gatland delays naming team for Scotland tie
March 11, 2014
Tough decisions for Warren Gatland after a poor weekend for Wales © Getty Images
Warren Gatland will delay naming his side to face Scotland by 48 hours to avoid making an "emotional" selection reaction to the defeat by England - but that is unlikely to prevent him making changes on top of those enforced on him.
"I think there's an opportunity potentially next week to look at one or two guys," he said. "I think there have been players coming off the bench that have done a really good job for us and maybe they deserve that opportunity and the reward for good displays."
Forward coach Robin McBryde said Wales were "not looking outside the squad for any answers". He said that lock Luke Charteris and scrum-half Rhys Webb, both carrying injuries, had not yet been ruled out and that no new players had be called into the squad
Wales half-back pairing of Webb and Rhys Priestland were heavily criticised for their performances. Gatland may bring in Dan Biggar to replace Priestland, while Mike Phillips could come in for Webb who is struggling with an ankle injury.
The front row was a problem - Gethin Jenkins was sin-binned for the second game running, capping an afternoon where he was repeatedly warned for not pushing straight - and hooker Richard Hibbard is also under the spotlight.
Leigh Halfpenny is out for the season after dislocating his shoulder and he will probably be replaced by Liam Williams. "Leigh puts his heart and soul into the game but unfortunately he also put his shoulder in the wrong place and wiped himself out," George North said. "We're all thinking of him."
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