Jake Ball targeting play-off date as he recovers from foot injury

1 May 2019
Jake Ball targeting play-off date as he recovers from foot injury
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Jake Ball has revealed he is targeting the European Champions Cup play-off for his comeback from injury.

Ball was this week named in Wales’ World Cup training squad - one of 14 Scarlets selected in the 42-strong party.

The 27-year-old second row is currently on the recovery trail from the foot injury he picked up during the Six Nations Grand Slam campaign - a setback which forced him to miss the end of the regular Guinness PRO14 season.

Having finished fourth in the Conference B standings, Scarlets have another chance to secure a place in the top tier of European rugby next term with a clash against the Ospreys on the horizon.

And it is a game the 32-cap lock is determined not to miss.

"It is a massive game," said Ball.

"The Scarlets not being involved in the Champions Cup does not sound quite right. It has been a frustrating year, now the most important thing is that we make Europe."

 

On his own fitness, Ball added: “I’m getting there. In the last couple of years I have picked up a lot of knocks, it will be nice to string some games together. It feels like I am playing well and then I pick up something again.

“Hopefully, I should be back for that play-off game.”

As for his World Cup ambitions, Ball added: "It is a pinnacle for me.

“I played in 2015 and there is a real determination for me to be one of the starting locks this time around.”