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Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK


Jones-Hughes misses land of his fathers

Jones-Hughes on the attack against Japan

Wales' Australian-born centre Jason Jones-Hughes has been denied the chance to take on the country of his birth in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who incurred the wrath of Wallaby rugby chiefs when he opted to play for Wales, was left out of coach Graham Henry's starting XV earlier in the week.

And any hopes he had of coming off the bench for a reunion with his former compatriots were dashed when he was not named among the seven replacements on Thursday.

Instead his place went to British Lions back Allan Bateman, who passed a fitness test on a troublesome toe injury.

The other replacements are David Llewellyn, Stephen Jones, Ben Evans, Andrew Lewis, Jonathan Humphreys and Mike Voyle.

Versatile choice

Henry said: "Allan Bateman has just passed a fitness test. We needed to have a player on the bench who could play in the centres or on the wing.

"Allan has been looking very good when he's been available and I think he's better equipped to play on the wing than Jason. That's probably why he got the nod.

"He looked more settled on the wing than Jason did when they played against Japan, though they're both equipped to play in the centres.

"Allan has had this thing for a wee while. He had a recurrence and we can't afford it to happen again. But he's passed all the tests we've given him."



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