Jarrod Evans misses SA trip after Wales call-up

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Cardiff Blues will be without Jarrod Evans when we face Cheetahs this weekend after the fly-half was officially added to the Wales squad.

The 22-year-old has been training with the national team in the early part of this week, with Warren Gatland concerned over Rhys Patchell’s concussion and Dan Biggar’s unavailability for the first game of the Autumn against Scotland.

With the game played outside of the international window, Biggar’s club Northampton will not be releasing the former Ospreys man.

And after two days in camp it has been deemed that Patchell has not made sufficient progress in his concussion protocols, leaving just Gareth Anscombe to cover fly-half in the original Wales squad.

Evans has now been added after being unfortunate to miss out on the summer tour to the Americas despite earning rave reviews for his performances over the last 18 months.

His call-up leaves John Mulvihill with a headache though, as it means Steve Shingler is the only fly-half that Cardiff Blues have taken to South Africa.

He could choose to fly Ben Jones out on Wednesday as cover, or utilise Matthew Morgan as a back-up should Shingler pick up any injury on what is likely to be his first start of the season.

In other news, Ospreys lock Bradley Davies was released from the Wales squad this week with a knee injury, but Seb Davies is still expected to travel to Bloemfontein on Wednesday after recovering from his knee injury to train at The Vale on Monday and Tuesday.

Alun Wyn Jones, Cory Hill, Adam Beard and Jake Ball can all cover second row against Scotland, leaving Davies able to face Cheetahs and get some minutes under his belt.

Further Cardiff Blues squad news is expected later this week.

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