Gatland waits on duo
WALES coach Warren Gatland has given out-half Rhys Priestland and flanker Dan Lydiate (ankle) until Friday to prove their fitness for the Six Nations battle with Ireland at The Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
Gatland could be forced into choosing between former steady fly-half Stephen Jones and the mercurial James Hook, the man that could never quite convince at the helm.
Former Welsh captain Ryan Jones would appear to be the most likely option on the blindside in a back row containing current captain Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau.
The Red Dragons are in disarray with pivotal players from their pack already out of contention in first choice locks Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones and prop Gethin Jenkins.
This all threatens to dampen down the excitement of the renewal between the World Cup quarter-final foes.
It also provides Gatland with a readymade excuse should he need one.