Blues prop Gethin Jenkins has withdrawn from the Wales starting line up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday after failing a fitness test this afternoon (Thursday) on a calf problem picked up in training.
Jenkins will be replaced in the starting line-up by prop Paul James and the uncapped Rhondda-born Saracens propand former Cardiff Blue Rhys Gill takes up the spot vacated by James on the bench.
"Paul James has been one of the form props in the Welsh regions so far this season and we are confident he will be a more than able
deputy for Gethin," said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
"Obviously it's not ideal for us to lose Gethin at this stage and we wish him a speedy recovery."
Jenkins will remain in the Wales camp and his injury will be re-assessed next week.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.