Take a look at the Welsh squad for their upcoming Autumn Internationals.
Wales Autumn Internationals Squad
Wales are hoping to collect an Autumn Internationals clean sweep this weekend against South Africa. As a result, Warren Gatland has named a strong side with the only significant news being Leigh Halfpenny’s absence and Liam Williams inclusion at full-back. Halfpenny has not recovered from a concussion suffered against Australia.
Warren Gatland said; “The players are fully aware of what they’ve achieved and they can do something special.
“Momentum would be created for the Six Nations and they can continue to build towards the World Cup.
“I haven’t seen this level of maturity in a group of players. We’re calm and our composure in games has been outstanding.
“We want to end the campaign with a big performance against a very good South African side. It’s the end of a campaign, like a cup game. Winner takes all.”
Wales team to face South Africa in the Autumn Internationals – 24th November
Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin
Wales team to face Tonga in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November
Jonah Holmes; Liam Williams, Tyler Morgan, Owen Watkin, Steff Evans; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright, Ellis Jenkins (capt), Seb Davies.
Replacements: Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Ross Moriarty, Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell, Josh Adams.
Wales team to face Australia in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November
Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams
Wales team to face Scotland in the Doddie Weir Cup – 3rd November
Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Luke Morgan, Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies, Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones , Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Leon Brown, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright , Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Steff Evans
Luke Morgan, Ospreys wing and Wales’ Sevens highest ever points scorer, has been selected as has Leicester Tigers’ Jonah Holmes.
Importantly, the side will get as many as eight British and Irish Lions back into the squad that had victories against the Springboks and Argentina earlier this year.
Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, George North and Leigh Halfpenny all come into the squad.
“This autumn is the start of a 12-month countdown to the Rugby World Cup and it is a huge opportunity for the players,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.
“The players who performed and represented Wales so well in the summer deserve the opportunity again and we are really pleased with the depth we have built across the squad.
“We have added in a lot of experience with eight British & Irish Lions coming into the squad so there is a lot of competition for places. Some experienced players have missed out, the message to them is the door isn’t closed looking long term, its just a reflection of where we are depth wise and the opportunity to look at other players. A further eight players haven’t been selected due to injury, dependent on their recovery they could be called in at a later date.”
Wales Autumn Internationals Squad
Rob Evans (Scarlets) (27 Caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (9 Caps), Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (21 Caps), Elliot Dee (Dragons) (10 Caps), Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (5 Caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets) (57 Caps), Leon Brown (Dragons) (3 Caps), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (33 Caps), Samson Lee (Scarlets) (38 Caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (5 Caps), Jake Ball (Scarlets) (28 Caps), Adam Beard (Ospreys) (4 Caps), Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (64 Caps), Cory Hill (Dragons) (18 Caps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (117 Caps) (CAPTAIN), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) (62 Caps), Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (23 Caps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (57 Caps), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (1 Cap)
Aled Davies (Ospreys) (11 Caps), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (33 Caps), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (2 Caps), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (18 Caps), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (62 Caps), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (10 Caps), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (65 Caps), Tyler Morgan (Dragons) (4 Caps), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (8 Caps), Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (6 Caps), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors) (4 Caps), Steffan Evans (Scarlets) (10 Caps), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (78 Caps), Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (*UNCAPPED), Luke Morgan (Ospreys) (*UNCAPPED), George North (Ospreys) (76 Caps), Liam Williams (Saracens) (48 Caps)
Players not selected due to injury:
Seb Davies, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Owen Lane.
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