Warburton set for PRO12 duty

  • Last Updated: February 11 2014, 16:32 GMT

Wales captain Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins are among 10 players who will be released to their regional teams for RaboDirect PRO12 action later this week.

Sam Warburton: Will be available for Cardiff Blues this weekend
Sam Warburton: Will be available for Cardiff Blues this weekend

The list, announced by the Welsh Rugby Union, also includes Ospreys trio Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Ryan Bevington, in addition to Scarlets prop Samson Lee.

Warburton made his first start in more than two months after recovering from a shoulder injury when Wales were beaten 26-3 by RBS 6 Nations opponents Ireland in Dublin last weekend.

Prop Gethin Jenkins, who also started at the Aviva Stadium, is another player who has lacked game-time due to injury.

Both players are now likely to be involved for Cardiff Blues when they host Glasgow on Saturday, ahead of Wales resuming Six Nations action in a Millennium Stadium appointment with France the following Friday night.

The WRU also said that Ospreys centre Ashley Beck and number eight Dan Baker will train with the national squad this week and met up with them on Tuesday morning.

Centre Scott Williams, meanwhile, is continuing to undergo medical assessment after he was injured tackling Ireland star Brian O'Driscoll at the Aviva Stadium.

"Medical assessments on Scarlets centre Scott Williams, who injured his right shoulder in the defeat to Ireland, are ongoing," the WRU said in a statement.

The full list of players released for regional duty comprises Warburton, Jenkins, Biggar, Bevington, Webb, Beck, Baker, Lee, Emyr Phillips and James King.

Wales' defeat against Ireland was their heaviest in the Six Nations since Gatland took charge for the 2008 campaign.

They are currently fourth in the table, with hopes having now seriously diminished of them achieving an unprecedented title hat-trick this term.

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