Josh Navidi ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup is over for Josh Navidi after the hamstring injury picked up against France rules him out for the rest of the tournament.

The Cardiff Blues player had been a key cog in the back row up until this point, starting the wins over Georgia and Australia at number eight before switching to blindside flanker against Fiji and then returning to eight in the quarter-final.

However he pulled up halfway the first half on Sunday, clutching his left hamstring, and it has now been confirmed as a grade two tear that will prevent him from taking any further part in on-field action.

Breaking the news, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said “it’s disappointing for him. We’ll keep him out here. It will be nice for him to stay out for the next couple of weeks. He’ll obviously lose his accreditation.

“It’s disappointing for us to have a player ruled out. In saying that, these games are so physical to have only lost one player is a real positive for us.”

Gatland will now be calling up a replacement, who as yet is unconfirmed, but will reportedly not be a back rower. Concerns over the fitness of centre Jon Davies may see a back flown out as Navidi’s replacement, with Aaron Shingler and James Davies already in the squad as flankers

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