Wayne Pivac has named his team for Saturday's Test against Australia
Wales Autumn Internationals Squad 2021
Ahead of the match-up with Australia, Wayne Pivac has made seven changes to the starting XV that struggled to get their win over Fiji last Sunday.
Louis Rees-Zammit switches wings as Josh Adams comes back into the side after his injury. Uilisi Halaholo starts at centre ahead of Johnny Williams, with Tomos Williams getting the nod at scrum-half.
Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis come into the new look front row, Seb Davies starts at lock and Aaron Wainwright returns at No 8 meaning Taine Basham switches to flanker.
And on the bench Christ Tshiunza could win his second cap, after making his debut last weekend.
Wales team to face Australia – Saturday 20 November
Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Uilisi Halaholo, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Ellis Jenkins (captain), Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Ben Carter, Christ Tshiunza, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Johnny McNicholl.
Wales team to face Fiji – Sunday 14 November
Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Nick Tompkins, Johnny Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit; Dan Biggar, Kieran Hardy, Rhys Carré, Ryan Elias, WillGriff John, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Ellis Jenkins (captain), Thomas Young, Taine Basham.
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Christ Tshiunza, Seb Davies, Tomos Williams, Callum Sheedy, Uilisi Halaholo.
Wales team to face South Africa – Saturday 6 November
Johnny McNicholl; Louis Rees-Zammit, Jonathan Davies (captain), Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Rhys Carré, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Ellis Jenkins, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Wyn Jones, WillGriff John, Ben Carter, Seb Davies, Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Liam Williams
Wales team to face New Zealand – Saturday 30 October
Wales: Johnny McNicholl; Owen Lane, Jonathan Davies, Johnny Williams, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Ben Thomas.
Wales Autumn Internationals Squad 2021
Wayne Pivac has announced a 38-man squad for Wales’ autumn internationals fixtures against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia.
The squad includes seven players based at Gallagher Premiership clubs – Christ Tshiunza, Taulupe Faletau, Thomas Young, Dan Biggar, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins and Louis Rees-Zammit – who will not be available for their match against New Zealand as it falls outside the international window.
Pivac has been given dispensation to select Wasps back-row Young even though he doesn’t meet the 60-cap rule because he is signing for Cardiff for the 2022-23 season.
Pivac said: “When you look at selection you want to select in-form players but it’s fair to say that a number of players haven’t hit their top form. We have looked at past performances at this level, including a very successful Six Nations campaign, and we’ve cross-credit some of that information into current form if you like.
“Injuries in certain positions, particularly at openside, have forced us to look a little bit deeper than we would normally but what it does mean is that more players have an opportunity to be exposed to this level of rugby. This can only be a good thing as we continue our preparations for the 2023 World Cup.”
Elliot Dee dropped out of the squad two days before the All Blacks match following a neck injury he sustained against the Stormers. Cardiff’s Kirby Myhill, the former Wales U20 captain, joined up as his replacement.
Wales will be aiming for their first win over New Zealand since 1953 when they face the All Blacks on 30 October. Wales will then take on the Springboks, who defeated them in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
Wales’ final two fixtures are against Fiji and Australia.
Wales Autumn Internationals Squad 2021
Josh Adams (21 Apr 1995/Cardiff/Wing/2018 v Scotland/35 (+1 for Lions))
Gareth Anscombe (10 May 1991/Ospreys/Fly-half or full-back/2015 v Ireland/29)
Dan Biggar (16 Oct 1989/Northampton Saints/Fly-half/2008 v Canada/95 (+3 for Lions))
Alex Cuthbert (5 Apr 1990/Ospreys/Wing/2011 v Australia/48 (+1 for Lions)
Gareth Davies (18 Aug 1990/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2014 v South Africa/65)
Jonathan Davies (5 Apr 1988/Scarlets/Centre/2009 v Canada/93 (+6 for Lions))
Uilisi Halaholo (6 Jul 1990/Cardiff/Centre/2021 v Scotland/9)
Kieran Hardy (30 Nov 1995/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2020 v Georgia/8)
Owen Lane (20 Dec 1997/Cardiff/Centre or wing/2019 v Ireland/5)
Johnny McNicholl (24 Sep 1990/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2020 v Italy/8)
Rhys Priestland (7 Jan 1987/Cardiff/Fly-half/2001 v Scotland/52)
Louis Rees-Zammit (2 Feb 2001/Gloucester Rugby/2020 v France/12)
Callum Sheedy (28 Oct 1995/Bristol Bears/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/12)
Ben Thomas (25 Nov 1998/Cardiff/Centre/2021 v Canada/2)
Nick Tompkins (16 Feb 1995/Saracens/Centre/2020 v Italy/16)
Johnny Williams (18 Oct 1996/Scarlets/Centre/2020 v Georgia/5)
Tomos Williams (1 Jan 1995/Cardiff/Scrum-half/2018 v South Africa/29)
Liam Williams (9 Apr 1991/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2012 v Barbarians/74 (+5 for Lions))
Taine Basham (2 Nov 1999/Dragons/Flanker/2021 v Canada/7)
Adam Beard (7 Jan 1996/Ospreys/Lock/2017 v Samoa/29 (+1 for Lions)
Rhys Carre (8 Feb 1998/Cardiff/Prop/2019 v Ireland/16)
Ben Carter (23 Jan 2001/Dragons/Lock/2021 v Canada/5)
Seb Davies (17 May 1996/Cardiff/Lock or Flanker/2017 v Tonga/13)
Elliot Dee (7 Mar 1994/Dragons/Hooker/2017 v Georgia/41)
Ryan Elias (7 Jan 1995/Scarlets/Hooker/2017 v Tonga/23)
Taulupe Faletau (12 Nov 1990/Bath/No.8/2011 v Barbarians/86 (+5 for Lions)) – withdrew with ankle injury
Tomas Francis (27 Apr 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Prop/2015 v Ireland/60)
Ellis Jenkins (29 Apr 1993/Cardiff/Flanker/2016 v New Zealand/14)
WillGriff John (4 Dec 1992/Sale Sharks/Prop/2021 v South Africa/2)
Alun Wyn Jones (19 Sep 1985/Ospreys/Lock/2006 v Argentina/149 (+12 for Lions)) – replaced by Rhys Davies (9 Nov 1998/Ospreys/Lock) after suffering a shoulder injury
Wyn Jones (26 Feb 1992/Scarlets/Prop/2017 v Tonga/38 (+1 for Lions))
Rhodri Jones (23 Dec 1991/Ospreys/Prop/2012 v Barbarians/21)
Dillon Lewis (4 Jan 1996/Cardiff/Prop/2017 v Tonga/34)
Ross Moriarty (18 Apr 1994/Dragons/Flanker/2015 v Ireland/49) – replaced by Shane Lewis-Hughes (20 Sep 1997/Cardiff/Lock or flanker/2020 v Scotland/3) after suffering a shoulder injury
Kirby Myhill (5 Feb 1992/Cardiff/Hooker/2021 v New Zealand/1)
Ken Owens (3 Jan 1987/Scarlets/Hooker/2011 v Namibia/82 (+5 for Lions)) – replaced by Bradley Roberts (4 Jan 1996/Ulster/Hooker) after suffering a back injury
Will Rowlands (19 Sep 1991/Wasps/Lock/2020 v France/13)
Christ Tshiunza (9 Jan 2002/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2021 v Fiji/2)
Aaron Wainwright (25 Sep 1997/Dragons/Back-row/2018 v Argentina/34)
Thomas Young (18 May 1992/Wasps/Flanker/2017 v Tonga/4)
Wales Autumn Internationals Fixtures 2021
Sat 30 October, Wales 16-54 New Zealand Beauden Barrett marks 100th Test with two tries
Sat 6 November, Wales 18-23 South Africa Men South Africa beat Wales in Cardiff for first time since 2013
Sun 14 November, Wales 38-23 Fiji (3.15pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime
Sat 20 November, Wales 29-28 Australia (5.30pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime
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