Wales’s 30 man Rugby World Cup squad was announced this afternoon with a surprise omission for the 99 times capped Martyn Williams. 22-year-old flanker Sam Warburton leads the side, due to Matthew Rees’s injury lay off. But there is room for prop Gethin Jenkins, despite him not having played since January.
Wales had mixed results from the warm-up matches, losing to England at Twickenham but then beating England and Argentina at the Millennium Stadium. They also lost backs Morgan Stoddart and Gavin Henson through injury following those matches.
They start of their campaign in the tricky Pool D with their match against current World Champions South Africa on Sunday 11th September in Wellington, kick off at 9.30am
Forwards: Gethin Jenkins, Lloyd Burns, Huw Bennett, Ryan Bevington, Adam Jones, Paul James, Ken Owens, Craig Mitchell, Bradley Davies, Sam Warburton (captain), Luke Charteris, Danny Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Ryan Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Andy Powell.
Backs: Mike Phillips, Lloyd Williams, Tavis Knoyle, Jamie Roberts, James Hook, Jonathan Davies, Stephen Jones, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Lee Byrne, Aled Brew, Shane Williams, George North.