Roberts suffers fractured skull

Wales centre Jamie Roberts has been rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured skull.

Roberts clashed heads with opposite number Stirling Mortlock in the second minute of the Welsh victory, with Mortlock replaced and Roberts staying on until the end of the first quarter. Wales skills coach Rob Howley feared the burly centre could be out for six weeks, but stressed the positives despite the injury.

“Jamie has sent us a text from hospital telling us he has a fractured skull,” said Howley.

“That just sums up the team spirit – a guy is in hospital but sends a text message to the players who he has been playing with for the past three weeks.

“I think that is a testimony to the squad and the team spirit that Warren has achieved over the last three weeks.”

Wales’ 21-18 triumph was the only one for all the northern hemisphere teams over their southern rivals this November and coach Warren Gatland was in a better mood than in previous weeks. “Someone had to carry the flag for the northern hemisphere, didn’t they?” quipped Gatland.

“I think the result for us was the most important thing. We needed to get the win. I’m pretty proud of the performance and I think the best team won.

“The great rugby we played in the first half, I thought we should have been further in front. We get two, what I would consider, relatively easy shots at goal, which we miss.

“It was pretty tough being in the coaches box because we missed some scoring chances, I’ve got a few more grey hairs than I had this morning!”

Gatland emphasised how crucial the win was in his team’s development.

“We’ve pushed some of the best teams in the world very close,” he said.

“We’ve shown improvement and as a side we’ve earned some respect and admiration for Welsh rugby from around the world.”