Wales still wait on Taylor
Wales are still playing the guessing game over the fitness of centre Mark Taylor before tomorrow's Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin.
The Swansea player who has been suffering with a dead leg this week came through a light run-out at Lansdowne Road on Friday morning, but Wales say they will not make a final decision on whether he plays until just before the match.
British Lion Scott Gibbs, who has not appeared since the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Australia last November, is standing by to make his international comeback. "Mark had a gentle training session this morning which was the first time he had done anything since last Sunday," said a Wales team spokesman. "It was felt that we could give him until tomorrow morning before making a decision on whether he plays."
Wales coach Graham Henry has insisted he was not playing mind games with his Irish counterpart Warren Gatland over the possible inclusion of Gibbs. Gibbs is one the hardest tacklers in world rugby and would be a far different proposition to Taylor for Ireland's new centre sensation, Brian O'Driscoll.
Henry said: "Mark has played in 20 of our last 21 Test matches, but I'm sure Scott is on his toes. He has not played Test match football since the World Cup, but I'm sure that a guy with his background will be desperate to get out there and prove himself."