Rugby Union: Wales wait on Evans

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INJURIES to Ieuan Evans and Nigel Davies have forced the Welsh selectors to delay until Wednesday announcing the team to play France in Cardiff on Saturday.

Both Evans, who has proved an inspirational captain, and Davies, who has added craft in the midfield, were injured in last weekend's win against Ireland with Evans, who had dislocated his right shoulder five times, this time injuring his left shoulder, and Davies sustaining a severe groin strain which has brought heavy bruising to the pelvic area. Both are doubtful.

The other fitness doubt, the former Olympic hurdler, Nigel Walker, who was concussed in the match against Scotland, yesterday passed a fitness test when he scored two tries in Cardiff's 40-13 win over a promising Cambridge University side. There can be little doubt that he will be picked on the left wing. If Davies does fail to recover, it became apparent during the squad's training session yesterday that Tony Clement will play in the centre and Mike Rayer at full-back.

France announced an unchanged side yesterday from the one which beat Ireland last month. The Irish Rugby Union has written to the French federation complaining about the brutality of their game in Paris, after which Ireland's doctor, Mike Malloy, had to put 63 stitches into various injuries.

FRANCE (v Wales, at Cardiff, 19 February): J-L Sadourny (Colomiers); P Bernat- Salles (Pau), P Sella (Agen), T Lacroix (Dax), P Saint-Andre (Montferrand); A Penaud (Brive), F Galthie (Colomiers); P Gallart (Beziers), J-M Gonzales (Aviron Bayonnais), L Armary (Lourdes), O Roumat (Dax, capt), O Merle (Grenoble), A Benazzi (Agen), P Benetton (Agen), M Cecillon (Bourgoin).