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Six Nations 2020: Wales wing Owen Lane suffers hamstring injury

Owen Lane played for Wales in their 2019 World Cup bronze medal match loss to New Zealand
Guinness Six Nations
Dates: 1 February-14 March
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Wing Owen Lane has been released from Wales’ Six Nations squad following a “significant hamstring injury” sustained in training.

The Cardiff Blues player, 21, has won two caps and scored a try on his debut against Ireland in August 2019.

Wales have not yet called up a replacement for Lane.

A Welsh Rugby Union statement read: “Further assessments will be concluded early next week to establish an accurate prognosis.”

Wales begin the defence of their Six Nations title at home to Italy on Saturday, 1 February.

Head coach Wayne Pivac has an abundance of options on the wing, with 2019 World Cup top try scorer Josh Adams, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes and uncapped duo Louis Rees-Zammit and Johnny McNicholl among those who could play there.

North, Adams and Lane have also been tipped to plug the midfield gap created by Jonathan Davies being out injured.

Pivac has said North is an “exciting” option for that role.

The Wales coach and his staff will be closely monitoring games in the English Premiership at the weekend while no Welsh regions are in action.

Rees-Zammit and fly-half Owen Williams start for Gloucester at Bristol on Saturday and number eight Taulupe Faletau starts for Bath against Leicester with Holmes among the opposition.

New prop WillGriff John is also likely to come off the bench for Sale at Exeter while uncapped lock Will Rowlands starts for Wasps at Worcester.

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