Wales name five uncapped players in summer Test squad
Wales pick five uncapped players in a newly-looked summer Test squad with Jonathan Davies named as captain in the absence of Alun Wyn Jones and eight other stars on the Lions tour
- Wales are without nine senior players for this summer’s Tests due to Lions tour
- Wayne Pivac named a much-changed squad, with five newbies being called up
- Jonathan Davies will reprise the role of captain in Alun Wyn Jones’ absence
- Wales are preparing for two Tests against Argentina and one versus Canada
Wales have picked five uncapped players in their summer Test squad which will be led by centre Jonathan Davies in the absence of Lions squad members.
The 33-year-old has captained his country before, in the 2019 Six Nations match against Italy, and having missed out on the British & Irish touring squad for the South Africa trip he will reprise that role.
Alongside him will be senior men who were part of the Six Nations win – Josh Navidi, Tomas Francis, and Leigh Halfpenny who is one away from 100 international caps.
Jonathan Davies will reprise his role as Wales captain in the absence of Lions squad members
Wayne Pivac rung the changes as he drafted in five uncapped stars to his summer Test squad
Ross Moriarty returns from injury alongside the new call-ups; Gareth Thomas from the Ospreys, Ben Carter and Taine Basham of the Dragons, Ben Thomas from Cardiff and Scarlet Tom Rogers.
There is no room for Leicester flanker Tommy Reffell in the 34-man squad, though, who could well be picked by England this week as he is dual-qualified.
Coach Wayne Pivac, who is preparing for two Tests against Argentina and one versus Canada said: ‘We are really looking forward to this summer, getting to work with this squad and the three home tests that we will face.
‘It is great that we are able to select five uncapped players in the squad. It is an opportunity, much like the autumn campaign last year, to get these players into the environment and to expose them to test match preparation and in some cases Test match rugby.
Dragons forward Taine Basham was selected as one of the five Wales newcomers
Wales are without nine Lions this summer, including their captain Alun Wyn Jones
‘This summer isn’t just about the uncapped players it is also about internationals gaining more experience. It is a chance for them to get more starts and appearances under their belt and to step into leadership roles so it is going to be an important period for us.
‘We will have a training camp in North Wales before returning to Cardiff for our three tests so it is a great block of time we have together.
‘Whilst the Six Nations success is still fresh in many people’s memories it is important we continue to build both depth and our game as we continue to the RWC 2023.’
Wales will be without nine Lions this summer – Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit and Josh Adams – as well as George North who suffered a bad knee injury in April.
Wales’ summer Test squad
FORWARDS (19): 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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