Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric have been released from the Wales team for this Saturday’s match against South Africa due to injury.

Ball, a Scarlets lock, is facing an extended period without playing as he needs surgery on a dislocated soldier. Tipuric has returned to the Ospreys for treatment on a quad issue.

Tipuric was absent for a month with a similar injury but he then returned to action as a second-half substitute in the 33 – 18 defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

However, Rhys Webb will be staying in Warren Gatland’s squad despite picking up a head injury against the All Blacks and he is currently going through the concussion protocols.
There is a chance that Scott Williams will also be absent due to an ankle injury he picked up last weekend.

Meanwhile, Bath may be facing sanctions by Premiership Rugby if Taulupe Faletau plays for Wales this weekend.

The game falls outside the World Rugby autumn Test match window and England’s Premiership clubs have a blanket approach not to release players for those games. Faletau trained with Wales during the week and if he plays on Saturday it will be in breach of the Premiership Rugby rules.

It is thought that Faletau has a clause in his Bath contract giving him full release for Wales and if it is honoured then the club will most likely face sanctions.

Premiership Rugby once fined Northampton £60,000 when they released Wales wing George North to play Australia outside the 2013 autumn window.

Wales are hoping to come back from defeats against New Zealand and Australia when they take on the Springboks. So far, their only autumn win was a narrow 13 – 6 victory over Georgia earlier this month.