Owen Lane in line for Wales call-up

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Cardiff Blues winger Owen Lane is rumoured to be en route to Japan today as the replacement for regional team-mate Josh Navidi.

The back rower has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a grade two hamstring tear picked up in the game against France. Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed he would be calling up a back to take the spare place in the 31-man squad

With James Davies, Aaron Shingler and Ross Moriarty able to step into the back row, centre was the position focused on for cover, with the fitness of Jon Davies still in question following his withdrawal from the squad to play France with a knee injury.

Scott Williams was the obvious choice but following the announcement of Navidi’s injury he had reportedly still not heard anything from the Welsh Rugby Union, with the rumour being that Lane had received a call and was on his way to Japan before the news of a replacement being required had even broken.

Despite coming through the age grade system as an outside centre, Lane has played solely as a winger for Cardiff Blues since breaking into the first team and won his only Wales cap to date on the wing against Ireland back in August, scoring a try in the process.

His arrival could facilitate the movement of George North into the centre though, with Lane a candidate to play on the wing if required, following a disappointing showing by Hallam Amos against Uruguay.

An announcement from the Welsh Rugby Union is expected in due course.

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