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Ffion Lewis ruled out of WXV tournament

Wales scrum half Ffion Lewis has sustained a knee injury and has been ruled out of the forthcoming WXV tournament.

The 33-times capped Welsh international left the field towards the end of Wales’ 36-10 victory over Italy in the final game of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations in Parma.

Lewis, 26, was an integral part of the Wales squad to secure a place in World rugby’s new top tier global WXV competition.

Wales recorded three wins in the recent Six Nations campaign for the first time since 2009 and are now ranked 6th in the World rankings.

Lewis was one of the initial 12 ‘Originals’ in the Wales Women’s team to be awarded a professional contract by the Welsh Rugby Union back in 2022.

Ffion Lewis, Wales scrum half, said: ‘To say this is heartbreaking would be an understatement and to suffer the injury with only two minutes of the game left against Italy is a tough one to take.

“We have all worked so hard to qualify for the WXV tournament and to miss out is so disappointing when the squad has the opportunity to test themselves against the best teams in the world.

“But to have played my role in securing our highest world ranking and to finish the Six Nations on such a high is something I am immensely proud of and to be a part of this team’s journey has been a privilege.

“Unfortunately this is the reality of elite sport and injury is part of being a professional athlete. My focus and determination is to be diligent around my rehab, to come back a better and stronger player, with supporting the squad any way that I can.”

“I’m very lucky that I’ve got such amazing friends who have been incredible so far. I’m very grateful for the continued support shown by my family, friends, teammates and the WRU as I begin the next few phases of my recovery.”

The Welsh Rugby Union’s Medical and Strength and Conditioning teams will provide the expertise and support for Lewis and manage the initial part of her return to play programme.