Ospreys trio give Wales a fitness boost ahead of Six Nations
Last Updated: 16/01/13 5:30pm
Richard Hibbard: Definitely ready for Six Nations
Wales forwards Richard Hibbard, Ian Evans and Ryan Jones should all be fit for the RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland.
The Ospreys trio had all been major doubts for the match which is just over two weeks away, but their club coach Jonathan Humphreys has confirmed they should all be able to play.
Lock Evans has not played since the autumn when he injured his knee, whilst hooker Hibbard and the versatile Jones - who dislocated his thumb - suffered injuries last weekend.
Humphreys told WalesOnline: "Hibbard is sore at the minute. If we pushed him, we could push him through this week and he would play. But for his own safety we've decided to take that decision out of his hands.
"He will definitely be fit for Wales-Ireland. The kid is absolutely phenomenal. I hope he starts for Wales. If it was up to me, I would pick him for the Lions tour. I think he is the best hooker in Europe.
"Don't discount Ryan. He shouldn't be too far off. Obviously his bone was sticking through his hand, but in terms of nerve and ligaments and that it's the best case scenario.
"If it's a question of pain management, which it probably will be, then he's a real tough kid. I am sure he will be fine.
"Evans should be ready for the first Six Nations game against Ireland. He has been up running. He's just had a little setback in terms of there's just a little bit of discomfort.
"We will be signing him over to Wales and it's up to them how they manage him and hopefully he will be up to speed to start. It would be huge ask but needs must. If they feel that he can do a job for them off that, then so be it."