Cardiff Blues versatile forward Josh Turnbull has been called up as a late addition to the Wales squad to tour the Americas after Aaron Shingler was ruled out of the tour with a knee injury.
Scarlets flanker Shingler picked up the knock playing in Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 Final against Leinster in Dublin, and with the Wales squad departing early the next day to make it to Washington DC for next week’s game against South Africa, Warren Gatland had to act quickly.
30-year-old Turnbull has been in fine form for Cardiff Blues this season, playing 30 games and over 1800 minutes, slotting in at second row and all across the back row, and leading the team on occasion as Wales’ capital region won the European Challenge Cup Final in Bilbao.
He has received the call from Gatland and stands a chance to win his first cap since a game against England in May 2016, hopefully adding to the six caps he has won in his career to date.
It is unfortunate for Shingler though, who joins Josh Navidi, Ollie Griffiths and Sam Warburton as injured for the tour, while Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau were not considered after long club seasons following on from last summer’s British and Irish Lions tour.
Wales will play South Africa in Washington DC next Saturday, before heading down to Argentina for a two-test series, with the first game taking place in San Juan, and the second in Santa Fe.
Josh Turnbull takes the Cardiff Blues contingent up to six, with Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe and tour co-captain Ellis Jenkins all on the plane across the Atlantic, while academy graduates Bradley Davies, Rhys Patchell and the other co-captain Cory Hill are also in the squad.