Wales add Aaron Jarvis to squad as cover for Paul James
Last Updated: 07/06/16 8:43am
Wales have called up Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis as cover for Paul James, who is unlikely to be available for their opening Test match against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.
James is struggling with a calf injury, and will now be aiming to get fully fit for the second Test against the All Blacks in Wellington the following week.
However, captain Sam Warburton is close to overcoming a shoulder injury and is expected to feature in the starting XV when it is named on Thursday.
Assistant coach Shaun Edwards said "Sam is one of the few guys possibly who can go into a game not having played for a few weeks and be pretty sharp."
Incoming Jarvis trained with the Welsh squad before they travelled to New Zealand and was involved in the build-up to their recent clash against England at Twickenham.
Wales' assistant coach Shaun Edwards said: "You always want a fully fit squad and Paul has been grafting hard to be fully fit, particularly for the game on Tuesday against the Chiefs.
"Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though that is going to happen and we have brought Aaron out as cover."
Wales Tests v New Zealand:
June 11: Eden Park, Auckland
June 18: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
June 25: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Watch New Zealand v Wales live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8am BST on Saturday.