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Christian Loader, the Swansea and Wales prop, has gone into hospital for tests after injuring his back against England last Saturday while the Bridgend prop, Richard Shaw, is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Mike Ruddock, the Swansea and Emerging Wales coach, has accepted a three- year contract as the coaching director of the Irish province Leinster. Two other Welshmen taking up similar positions with Irish provinces are John Bevan, the former Wales union and league wing, who will be taking charge of Ulster and Clive Griffiths, a former Wales Rugby League coach who is now at Treorchy, who is going to Munster.