Five uncapped players in Wales’ squad for summer series – Welsh Rugby Union


The 2021 Guinness Six Nations Champions will face three dwelling video games in opposition to Canada and Argentina this July and head coach Wayne Pivac has chosen a squad that options expertise in addition to youth as he continues his preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Uncapped former Wales U20 Gareth Thomas is called alongside fellow Ospreys loosehead props Rhodri Jones and Nicky Smith. Skilled trio Leon Brown, Tomas Francis and Dillon Lewis are named because the tight-heads.

Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias and Sam Parry, who made his debut again within the Autumn Nations Cup, are named because the three hookers within the squad.

Adam Beard, Cory Hill and Will Rowlands, who had been all a part of Wales’ Six Nations squad, are named because the second rows alongside uncapped Dragon Ben Carter.

James Botham, Josh Navidi and Aaron Wainwright are joined by Ross Moriarty who returns from damage to be chosen alongside Josh Turnbull, who final featured for Wales in Argentina in 2018, and Dragons back-row Taine Basham, who while uncapped has beforehand featured in Wales squads.

Kieran Hardy and Tomos Williams who each featured in Wales’ Six Nations triumph are named together with Rhodri Williams (whose final match for Wales got here in 2014) because the scrum-halves.

Callum Sheedy and Jarrod Evans have been named as the 2 fly-halves.

Jonathan Davies is called within the squad as captain, a job he beforehand fulfilled for his nation within the 2019 Six Nations in opposition to Italy. Willis Halaholo who made his debut within the Six Nations is called together with Nick Tompkins and uncapped Cardiff Rugby and former Wales U20 centre Ben Thomas, who can even cowl fly-half.

Leigh Halfpenny, who’s on 99 Take a look at caps (together with 4 British & Irish Lions caps), is called together with Hallam Amos, Jonah Holmes (who missed the Six Nations by way of damage), Owen Lane (who final featured for Wales within the Rugby World Cup Bronze medal match in opposition to New Zealand), Ioan Lloyd who can play throughout the back-three and at fly-half and uncapped Scarlets again Tom Rogers.

“We’re actually wanting ahead to this summer season, attending to work with this squad and the three dwelling Exams that we are going to face,” stated Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“It’s nice that we’re in a position to choose 5 uncapped gamers within the squad. It is a chance, very like the autumn marketing campaign final yr, to get these gamers into the atmosphere and to show them to check match preparation and in some circumstances take a look at match rugby.

“This summer season isn’t simply concerning the uncapped gamers it is usually about internationals gaining extra expertise. It’s a likelihood for them to get extra begins and appearances underneath their belt and to step into management roles so it will be an necessary interval for us.

“We may have a coaching camp in North Wales earlier than returning to Cardiff for our three assessments so it’s a nice block of time we have now collectively.

“While the Six Nations success remains to be contemporary in many individuals’s recollections it will be important we proceed to construct each depth and our recreation as we proceed to the RWC 2023.”


Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (20 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (39 Caps)
Gareth Thomas (Ospreys) (*Uncapped)
Elliot Dee (Dragons) (37 Caps)
Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
Sam Parry (Ospreys) (4 Caps)
Leon Brown (Dragons) (17 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (57 Caps)
Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps)
Adam Beard (Ospreys) (25 Caps)
Ben Carter (Dragons) (*Uncapped)
Cory Hill (Cardiff Rugby) (32 Caps)
Will Rowlands (Wasps) (7 Caps)
Taine Basham (Dragons) (*Uncapped)
James Botham (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps)
Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (45 Caps)
Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps)
Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby) (10 Caps)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (29 Caps)

BACKS (15):

Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (4 Caps)
Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby) (22 Caps)
Rhodri Williams (Dragons) (3 Caps)
Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (9 Caps)
Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (88 Caps) (CAPT)
Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby) (4 Caps)
Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (10 Caps)
Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby) (*Uncapped)
Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby) (23 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (95 Caps)
Jonah Holmes (Dragons) (5 Caps)
Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby) (2 Caps)
Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears) (2 Caps)
Tom Rogers (Scarlets) (*Uncapped)


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