Peel blow for Dragons

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Wales scrumhalf Dwayne Peel is struggling to be fit for his side’s clash against Italy this weekend.

Peel suffered a hamstring injury during his club Sale’s 32-25 defeat at home to Newcastle in the English Premiership last Sunday.

He had been expected to start against Italy this weekend, but he now appears unlikely to play in Rome, with Mike Phillips on stand-by to wear the No 9 jersey.

To compound matters for Wales coach Warren Gatland, two other scrumhalf options – Gareth Cooper and Martin Roberts – are both carrying injuries.

“The news thus far is not great,” said Wales physio Mark Davies. “We will make a further assessment later, having had the results of the scan as well.

“Martin Roberts sustained a rib cartilage injury yesterday and went off in the second half. He is obviously very sore and we plan to run a few more tests on him.

“Gareth Cooper has fully recovered from his knee operation and he has had groin problems as well. He had some treatment and an injection for his groin last week.

“He has been under the care of Gloucester and we are awaiting a full report from them.”

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