Wales’ Ball, Tipuric and Roberts out of South Africa game

Jake Ball received lengthy treatment after dislocating his shoulder playing for Wales against New Zealand
Autumn internationals: Wales v South Africa
Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 2 December Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Connected TVs, online and BBC Sport app; listen on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru; text commentary on BBC Sport website.

Lock Jake Ball and flanker Justin Tipuric have been ruled out of Wales' final autumn Test against South Africa on Saturday through injury.

Ball requires shoulder surgery after the 26-year-old was forced off in the defeat last Saturday by New Zealand.

Lions forward Tipuric, 28, has a thigh injury and has returned to Ospreys.

Wales will also be without centre Jamie Roberts, 31, who has returned to Harlequins, who host Saracens on Sunday in the Aviva Premiership.

Jamie Roberts came off the bench to win his 94th Wales cap in their 33-18 defeat by New Zealand

Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb was replaced against the All Blacks after a head blow and must pass concussion protocols in order to face the Springboks.

However, Wales coach Warren Gatland does have Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau and prop Scott Andrews available to him.

Bath face being fined by Premiership rugby for releasing Lions forward Faletau for a match played outside World Rugby's autumn Tests window.

Tight-head prop Andrews is on loan at Bath from Cardiff Blues and is free to play.

Scarlets' New Zealand-born centre Hadleigh Parkes could make his Wales debut after qualifying on residency during the period he has been part of Gatland's squad for the autumn Tests.

Parkes' chances of playing have significantly increased because Roberts and Owen Williams are back with their clubs.

Williams, who faced Australia and New Zealand, has returned to Gloucester while Parkes' Scarlets team-mate Jonathan Davies is out injured.

Source: BBC Rugby Union News

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