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    <h1> Morgan ruled out by broken jaw</h1>
    @@@@SPAN>By Rob Wildman and Graham Clutton@@@@/SPAN>
    <div style="float: left;">@@@@SPAN>Last Updated: @@@@SPAN style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">2:59am GMT@@@@/SPAN>14/02/2007@@@@/SPAN></div>






    Already facing criticism from a gaggle of famous former players after their tame defeat to Scotland,
    Wales' problems increased yesterday when it was revealed that their
    full-back, Kevin Morgan, could miss the rest of the RBS Six Nations
    Championship after breaking his jaw.

    Morgan, one
    of Wales' few shining lights this season, returned to the field after
    going off for treatment in Wales' 21-9 defeat at Murrayfield on
    Saturday. But X-rays have revealed a fracture and the Newport-Gwent
    Dragons captain will now have an operation and could be out for up to
    six weeks.

    To compound coach Gareth Jenkins'
    troubles, No 8 Ryan Jones is struggling to be fit for the game with
    France in Paris a week on Saturday because of a calf injury. Jenkins
    was given at least some good news, with wing Shane Williams expected to
    be fit to return to the side and centre James Hook looking likely to
    shake off a knee injury.

    Mark Davies, the Wales
    physiotherapist, said: "Kevin was reviewed by a dentist back in Wales
    following a further X-ray and then referred to a facial surgeon who
    identified a fracture within his jaw bone.<div><div>"He
    will not be available to face France and his availability for the rest
    of the championship is uncertain, but we are not ruling out a return at
    this stage."</div>
    </div>

    Williams, hindered by a hip injury
    which has caused him to miss the defeats by Ireland and Scotland, has
    resumed training for the Neath-Swansea Ospreys and should be fit for
    Wales' game at the Stade de France.

    Jenkins has yet
    to decide whether Williams will be ready for play for the Ospreys this
    Saturday, against Connacht in the Magners League, but he has released a
    dozen players from the national squad who have yet to play a big part
    in the Six Nations.

    Jenkins has resisted ordering
    his regular players into action this weekend as punishment for the two
    defeats. He insisted his main men needed rest and added: "That's not
    managing, it's reacting. I do not want to do that."

    The
    players include the controversial figure of Gavin Henson, who has
    missed both games due to a knee injury and poor form. Jenkins has not
    dictated to the Ospreys in which position the versatile back should
    play on Saturday.

    Before the Ireland game, the national coach asked the Ospreys to play Henson at full-back, but he failed to impress.

    Jenkins
    said: "I'll leave where Gav plays this weekend to the regional coaches.
    But let's get things clear that Gav is potentially a selection in a few
    positions and I haven't changed my mind on that."

    Jenkins'
    disappointing record (four defeats in seven games) since he took over
    last June has attracted plenty of criticism. The verbal attacks were
    led by Barry John.

    The 1970s icon said Wales had
    lost their way, while Bobby Windsor, the former Pontypool hooker, felt
    that the team was a collection of individuals rather than a collective
    unit.

    Mauro Bergamasco, the influential flank
    forward, was yesterday named in Italy's squad for their game against
    Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday week. Bergamasco joins another
    French-based player, centre Andrea Masi, in returning to the squad
    after missing the England match last weekend due to injury.

    Wing Denis Dallan is out of contention after breaking an ankle at Twickenham.@@@@SPAN><a name="d">Team details</a>@@@@/SPAN>

    Italy (v Scotland, Murrayfield, Feb 24, 3pm): Forwards:
    Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), M Bortolami (Gloucester, capt), M
    Castrogiovanni (Leicester
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