Ospreys Magners League Grand Final winner Andrew Bishop has been ruled out for four weeks after breaking his hand in Wales 42-9 defeat against the All Blacks in Dunedin at the weekend.
The centre suffered the injury late in the game at Carisbrook and was replaced by Scarlets scrum half Tavis Knoyle. He will definitely miss the second Test in Hamilton this weekend, while Scarlets outside half Stephen Jones is a doubtful starter.
The British & Irish Lions outside half was injured in the second half of the final Test at the famous Carisbrook ground. Jones had earlier dropped a goal and landed a penalty. Jones is awaiting further medical assessment before his fitness for next week’s rematch can be determined.
“Andrew has a spiral fracture to the third metacarpal bone in his right hand. The injury is not complex but he is in plaster and will be out of action for the next four weeks,” said Wales physiotherapist Mark Davies.
“Stephen has a sore thumb and he has been x-rayed, but the initial results are inconclusive and we are arranging for a further scan to fully determine the extent of the injury.”
No replacement will be called in for Bishop with cover at centre provided elsewhere within the squad. A final decision will be made on Jones, and on any potential replacement for the fly-half, over the next 24 hours subject to medical advice.