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Is injury toll in rugby growing?

31 January 2013 Last updated at 08:42 GMT

The Welsh team to face Ireland will be announced later, but selecting the team for this year's campaign may well have been a bit more of a headache due the number of injuries.

But is having so many players confined to the sidelines a case of bad luck - or is it because the professional game is taking an ever greater toll on players' bodies?

BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke reports.