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The full list of 21 players now definitely unavailable to Wayne Pivac for Wales’ game with All Blacks

The only meteorite to have hit a person is called the ‘Hodges Meteorite’.

It interrupted the day of Mrs Ann Hodges in Alabama in 1953.

She was slightly injured — nothing to worry about.

But of late Wayne Pivac could be forgiven for feeling he’s been hit by two of three meteorites every week. Full-on, knocking him clean off his feet.

A conservative estimate suggests Wales are now definitely missing at least 21 players for the game with New Zealand a fortnight on Saturday.

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And that’s not counting Josh Navidi, whose face did not suggest a short-term layoff as he left the field with a damaged shoulder in Cardiff’s defeat by the Bulls.

Nor is it including Jarrod Evans, who is said to be back in training of sorts, or Leon Brown, who hasn’t played so far this season because of injury.

There are 10 England-based players who can’t be considered for the All Blacks game as there is no release-arrangement in place with Gallagher Premiership clubs for out-of-window Tests.

Lions Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit and Taulupe Faletau head the over-the-border brigade who are off limits to Pivac.

They are joined by Nick Tompkins, Ioan Lloyd and Callum Sheedy.

Then there are Owen Williams, who’s injured as well as based in England, Aled Davies, Thomas Young and Tommy Reffell. All might have come into contention were they plying their trade in Wales, particularly given the amount of players ruled out for October 30.

Williams faced the All Blacks in 2017 and acquitted himself well, Young earned rave reviews after his effort for Wasps in their win over Worcester over the weekend, Reffell has been attracting plaudits at Leicester Tigers and Davies has been on top of his game for Saracens, one of European rugby’s top teams.

The injured contingent Pivac won’t be able to consider for the game with the Kiwis include Lions Justin Tipuric, George North, Dan Lydiate, Leigh Halfpenny and, according to The Rugby Paper, Liam Williams after his recent appendix operation.

Rhys Patchell, Ashton Hewitt, Michael Collins, James Botham, Josh Macleod and James Davies can be added to the bulletin of woe as well.



Josh Navidi is likely to join the long list of those ruled out for the All Blacks game

It leaves Pivac with gathering selection issues as he tries to oversee Wales’ first win over New Zealand in 68 years.

Wales’s head coach will still be able to field four Test Lions in his front five in Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Beard.

But Wales’ depth is being tested in the back three, at fly-half and openside flanker.

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The hope will be that prop Tomas Francis will be available, though he pulled out of the Ospreys’ game with the Sharks last Friday evening, while the expectation is that Ross Moriarty will be there or thereabouts for the Dragons this weekend despite missing their United Rugby Championship (URC) clash with Connacht on Saturday.

There’s one more round of URC matches to be played before the Wales players link up.

Doubtless, Pivac will look to avoid walking under any ladders, opening any umbrellas indoors or cracking any mirrors before this weekend.

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