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Taine Plumtree's Six Nations participation in jeopardy amid shoulder woes

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Nov 27, 2023

Welsh and Scarlets back row Taine Plumtree faces an uncertain future in the 2024 Six Nations due to a troublesome shoulder injury.

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The 23-year-old was noticeably absent in Scarlets’ recent loss to Ospreys, prompting concerns about his availability for both club and country.

Head coach Dwayne Peel provided insight into Plumtree’s condition, revealing that the talented backrow is likely to undergo shoulder surgery.

This setback comes on the heels of Plumtree missing out on World Cup selection due to a previous injury sustained in the ‘Summer Series’ warm-up matches.

Despite showcasing his skills in two impressive outings, Plumtree’s shoulder injury proved to be a significant hurdle.

Wales coach Warren Gatland acknowledged the unfortunate turn of events, describing Plumtree as “unlucky” to miss out on the World Cup squad.

Gatland expressed optimism, advising Plumtree to stay prepared for potential opportunities and providing regular updates on his recovery progress.

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Now, with the new setback, Plumtree’s prospects for the upcoming Six Nations are in doubt. The shoulder surgery and the subsequent rehabilitation process will likely keep him sidelined for an extended period, impacting both his club commitments with Scarlets and any potential involvement with the national team.

As Plumtree navigates this challenging phase of his career, fans and teammates alike will be hoping for a swift and successful recovery.

The uncertainty surrounding his participation in the prestigious Six Nations adds a layer of concern for Welsh fans as Gatland continues to rebuild the Welsh squad following their World Cup quarterfinal exit.

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