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Wales hopeful on injured trio

Wales are hopeful none of the players hurt in their trial match last Friday will miss the summer tour of South Africa.

Prop Samson Lee, hooker Ken Owens and centre Jamie Roberts went off injured during the clash between the Probables and the Possibles at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

But assistant coach Shaun Edwards was able to provide a positive bulletin on Monday after Lee, Owens and Roberts received results of their respective scans.

"We think they will all be training later on in the week, even Samson Lee," Edwards said.

"He had a positive scan, and we will re-assess him later in the week. I've spoken to him, and he seems pretty positive in himself.

"At first, we feared the worst with Samson. We thought he had possibly broken his arm.

"If somebody as tough as Samson Lee comes off with his arm wrapped up like it was, I feared the worst, but it is positive news. He has not broken his arm or his wrist.

"Ken had quite a nasty bang on his knee. We feel he will be training later in the week, and he will be doing more physio. Jamie was precautionary, really, with his shoulder."

Tough

Their visit to South Africa starts a run of games as tough as they could possibly come, with the Springboks making the return trip to Wales in November along with Australia and world champions New Zealand before their Six Nations campaign kicks off against England next February.

On the challenge the Springboks will provide in the two Test series, Edwards added: "It's a mammoth task, probably the toughest place to play rugby in the world, physically.

"We remember the 2009 Lions Tests there, and also the first Test in 2008, when we (Wales) went over.

"They certainly caught us with their physicality in that first Test. But in the second Test, I thought we did exceptionally well and pushed the Springboks very, very close. We can't be caught on the hop, and that's the reason we had that game (trial match).

"It is an outstanding South Africa squad, as usual. Personally, I think it is the best team they've had since the 2007 World Cup."