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Last Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Wales' Thomas bloody but unbowed
Wales captain Gareth Thomas will bear the scars of defeat to France
Wales captain Thomas will bear the scars of defeat to France
Wales say they expect captain Gareth Thomas to be fit for the World Cup despite being stretchered off in Sunday's 34-7 loss to France.

A late collision with Thierry Dusautoir finally ended Thomas' bruising match.

The Cardiff Blues back will bear the scars for some time, however, having had 20 stitches in three facial cuts.

Dwayne Peel (calf), Kevin Morgan (knee) and Chris Horsman (shoulder) are not long-term concerns, but Duncan Jones' shoulder needs further monitoring.

Wales coach Gareth Jenkins said that Thomas' prone exit from the Millennium Stadium pitch had been more a precautionary measure.

"It was more exhaustion than a serious injury, although it didn't look good when Gareth came off," Jenkins said.

"There was also a bump earlier that affected his vision."

Fly-half Stephen Jones is due to return to training this week after recovering from a groin injury which ruled him out of Wales' August campaign.


Depending how the Llanelli Scarlets number 10 holds up in training this week, Jones could be ready for Wales' World Cup opener against Canada on 9 September.

Wales fly-half James Hook said they had learned valuable lessons from their defeat to France.

A record loss to England in Wales' first World Cup warm-up match three weeks ago was followed by a 27-20 win over Argentina last weekend.

But Hook, who crossed for Wales' sole try, insisted a bruising warm-up campaign will stand his team-mates in good stead for the finals, which start in a fortnight.

"We have learned little bits along the way and have taken a lot out of this game again," Hook said.

"We will try to come back stronger, and we will. We showed glimpses of what we can do, but France are looking very good in fairness.

"We dug in and never gave up."

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