Luke Charteris officially joined the Wales RBS 6 Nations Championship training squad today making him available for selection for the Round 4 home clash with Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
Newport Gwent Dragons lock Charteris made his return from wrist surgery for his region’s clash with Munster on Friday night, his first game back since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The 6’ 9” lock played all 80 minutes and came through unscathed to provide Wales head coach Warren Gatland with another welcome option in the second row as he prepares to name his team tomorrow (Tuesday, 1.00pm – Cor.) for the penultimate match of the Championship.
With Wales’ final RBS 6 Nations match against France in 12 days time a pre-Christmas sell-out, the clash with the Azzurri will be a final chance for many fans to see the 2012 outfit in action in Cardiff before the summer.
Tickets sales are about to break through the 60,000 mark and, although tickets are selling in their hundreds on a daily basis, with 74,500 seats the Millennium Stadium still has capacity.
Luke CHARTERIS (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS – Cap No 1,030)
DoB: 09.03.83. 6’9” / 2.06m. 19st 10lbs / 125kgs
International record: 32 caps (W 16, L 16)