Wayne Pivac has named his squad for Wales' autumn Internationals

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.”

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

Backs

Josh Adams (21 Apr 1995/Cardiff/Wing/2018 v Scotland/32(+1 for Lions))
Gareth Anscombe (10 May 1991/Ospreys/Fly-half or full-back/2015 v Ireland/27)
Dan Biggar (16 Oct 1989/Northampton Saints/Fly-half/2008 v Canada/92 (+3 for Lions))
Gareth Davies (18 Aug 1990/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2014 v South Africa/62)
Jonathan Davies (5 Apr 1988/Scarlets/Centre/2009 v Canada/91 (+6 for Lions))
Uilisi Halaholo (6 Jul 1990/Cardiff/Centre/2021 v Scotland/7)
Kieran Hardy (30 Nov 1995/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2020 v Georgia/7)
Owen Lane (20 Dec 1997/Cardiff/Centre or wing/2019 v Ireland/4)
Johnny McNicholl (24 Sep 1990/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2020 v Italy/5)
Rhys Priestland (7 Jan 1987/Cardiff/Fly-half/2001 v Scotland/50)
Louis Rees-Zammit (2 Feb 2001/Gloucester Rugby/2020 v France/9)
Callum Sheedy (28 Oct 1995/Bristol Bears/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/12)
Ben Thomas (25 Nov 1998/Cardiff/Centre/2021 v Canada/1)
Nick Tompkins (16 Feb 1995/Saracens/Centre/2020 v Italy/13)
Johnny Williams (18 Oct 1996/Scarlets/Centre/2020 v Georgia/3)
Liam Williams (9 Apr 1991/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2012 v Barbarians/71 (+5 for Lions))
Tomos Williams (1 Jan 1995/Cardiff/Scrum-half/2018 v South Africa/25)

Forwards

Taine Basham (2 Nov 1999/Dragons/Flanker/2021 v Canada/3)
Adam Beard (7 Jan 1996/Ospreys/Lock/2017 v Samoa/25+1 for Lions)
Rhys Carre (8 Feb 1998/Cardiff/Prop/2019 v Ireland/13)
Ben Carter (23 Jan 2001/Dragons/Lock/2021 v Canada/3)
Seb Davies (17 May 1996/Cardiff/Lock or Flanker/2017 v Tonga/9)
Elliot Dee (7 Mar 1994/Dragons/Hooker/2017 v Georgia/40)
Ryan Elias (7 Jan 1995/Scarlets/Hooker/2017 v Tonga/19)
Taulupe Faletau (12 Nov 1990/Bath/No.8/2011 v Barbarians/86 (+5 for Lions))
Tomas Francis (27 Apr 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Prop/2015 v Ireland/57)
Ellis Jenkins (29 Apr 1993/Cardiff/Flanker/2016 v New Zealand/11)
WillGriff John (4 Dec 1992/Sale Sharks/Prop/Uncapped)
Alun Wyn Jones (19 Sep 1985/Ospreys/Lock/2006 v Argentina/148 (+12 for Lions))
Wyn Jones (26 Feb 1992/Scarlets/Prop/2017 v Tonga/35(+1 for Lions))
Rhodri Jones (23 Dec 1991/Ospreys/Prop/2012 v Barbarians/21)
Dillon Lewis (4 Jan 1996/Cardiff/Prop/2017 v Tonga/31)
Ross Moriarty (18 Apr 1994/Dragons/Flanker/2015 v Ireland/48)
Ken Owens (3 Jan 1987/Scarlets/Hooker/2011 v Namibia/82 (+5 for Lions))
Will Rowlands (19 Sep 1991/Wasps/Lock/2020 v France/10)
Christ Tshiunza (9 Jan 2002/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/Uncapped)
Aaron Wainwright (25 Sep 1997/Dragons/Back-row/2018 v Argentina/31)
Thomas Young (18 May 1992/Wasps/Flanker/2017 v Tonga/3)

Wales Autumn Internationals Fixtures 2021

Sat 30 October, Wales v New Zealand (5.15pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime

Sat 6 November, Wales v South Africa (5.30pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime

Sun 14 November, Wales v Fiji (3.15pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime

Sat 20 November, Wales v Australia (5.30pm, Principality Stadium) Live on Amazon Prime

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