Rhys Patchell ‘fine’ for World Cup after concussion scare in Wales’ defeat to Ireland

Rhys Patchell is going to probably be appropriate despite suffering his third concussion in a calendar year, insists Warren Gatland.
The 26-year-old fly-half abandoned the pitch throughout the first half of Wales’ 19-10 defeat in Ireland on Saturday for a head-injury assessment (HIA) after colliding with CJ Stander in the build-up to Ireland’s very first try.
Head trainer Gatland admitted on Saturday that the medics within the next few days would assess Patchell, with the team flying on Wednesday.
Together with Gareth Anscombe recovering from knee surgery and Dan along with Patchell Biggar both that the 2 playmakers to the World Cup, wales have two fly-halves within their squad.
Asked if Patchell would be on this trip, Gatland said:”Patchell is going to be OK for this. He appears okay in the changing rooms.
“He has simply got to be evaluated within the next few days. We’ll speak with the medics about that and see how he fares over the next couple of days”
Patchell has endured a run of injury fortune, having fought a hamstring along with two concussions off throughout the class of the last 12 months.
He’s acquitted himself well in Wales’ warm-up matches, but faces a race against time to be fit for its World Cup opener against Georgia.
Asked if he had any issues with two fly-halves in his group, Gatland added:”We will see how he’s out of another few days.
“He certainly deserves some great luck because he’s gone well. And the ironic thing is that’s often where the concussions occur when players go low and he went and a knee or a hip hit the tackler.
“So that’s something we are going to have to keep watching on with World Rugby.”

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