Autumn Internationals: Wales team to play Argentina

Wales RugbyCaretaker coach Rob Howley has named the following side to take on Argentina this weekend.

Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis makes his debut at tighthead prop, in place of the injured Adam Jones.

15. L Halfpenny
14. A Cuthbert
13. S Williams
12. J Roberts
11. G North
10. R Priestland
9. T Knoyle

1. G Jenkins
2. M Rees
3. A Jarvis
4. A W Jones
5. I Evans
6. J Turnbull
7. S Warburton (Captain)
8. T Faletauby

R Hibbard, R Bevington, P James, R McCusker, J Tipuric, M Phillips, J Hook, L Williams

15 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals: Wales team to play Argentina

  1. To the bench with Mike Phillips not helping his Lions credentials too much after his fall out with Bayonne.Probably a kick up the pants for him though as I expect him to start later on in the Autumn series against the big two assuming he is available for the Australian game that is.

    Priestland is possibly lucky not to be keeping the bench warm with Phillips based on form but when he plays well he does suit this Welsh teams gameplan better than any other outside half provided Halfpenny takes the placekicks .Biggar who has played well for the Ospreys left out of the squad in favour of Hook who is more unpredictable but who can add something if the game starts breaking up in the final quarter (as can Tipuric ).

    Jon Davies and Ashley Beck being injured the rest of the back-line picks itself.

    Trial by fire for Aaron Jarvis in the front row for his first cap against and Argentinian scrum .I would have liked to see Hibbard packing down beside him based on form . Wales need to get the set piece basics right against a battle hardened Argentinian team subject to that there is enough firepower behind to do the job.

  2. Seems a pretty strong team. Its funny with all the injury reports I was expecting a far weaker team. I hope I feel the same way when the England team is selected! although i’m now of the view that injuries should not necessarily be viewed as a wholly negative thing. It gives opportunities to other (hopefully young up and coming) players to stake a claim and create more squad depth. Jones and Lydiate are of course big losses, as is Hartley for England, but teams need to find suitable back ups, and the squad will be better for it in the long term.

  3. I wonder how not starting for his club will affect the form of Jenkins. I doubt it will have much impact as the man is pure class. PersonallyIi can’t believe Sheridan is starting over Jenkins(and i’m English).

  4. I think everyone forget how good a fit and in form Sheridan is. Especially after his poor run of injuries these last few seasons. Is there a better loose head scrummager at the moment? Based on what he’s been doing at Toulon i doubt that.
    Tipuric must be asking the gods how well he has to play to get a chance. Warburton brings leadership but tipuric has been omnipresent at the breakdown for ospreys this season. Would have him ahead of Warburton and my captain as Ian Evans.

  5. I completely agree with what James has said. Sheridan is in excellent form, he is outplaying Jenkins completely, which does not mean to say that Jenkins is even particularly out of form.

    And again I agree to Tipuric, what else can he do? I would give him a chance again, although AWJ would be my captain and not Evans.

  6. Howley will always baffle me with his selections – lovely guy but not the brightest of guys – Priestland really, again – madness. Sam ahead of Tupric – madness – am i the only one who thinks Paul James should be tight head against one of the strongest packs in world rugby. Sending the wrong signs out again Mr Howley – play poorly Sam, Rhys it’s ok i will still pick you : ( will be a long season.

    1. have to agree with most of what you say, i really dont understand how hook has missed out again, i feel sorry for the guy, he is class without doubt and deserves another chance on form alone , and as amathus says,”no shingler?” what was all the fuss about if hes not in the squad ?

    1. Not sure that I would back the Argies in this one, as I think that Wales have too much firepower and they are at home, but I reckon it could be tight until the last 15/20 minutes, and Wales could struggle in the scrum.

  7. Preistland ! Wtf howley. Biggar is the inform 10. I see your point about tiperic but will need him more against new Zealand and Australia. It’s a tough 4 weeks guys and Paul James is the man. Wales to win narrowly.

    1. “I agree Dan Bigger is the man inform for the position of ten,he is far more polished then Preistland as he makes some bad mistakes in International games,Wales cannot afford this,hopefully we will see more of Dan Bigger included in the team and less of Preistland,i just hope he plays and not make those silly mistakes of pastgames as it will cost us the match”


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