Wales name squad for tour to Australia

Rob Howley has named his squad for the three test tour of Australia this June along with Neil Jenkins and Robin McBryde, lead by captain Sam Warburton. Injuries have meant that Wales will be without star centre Jamie Roberts for the tour but the return of Warburton is a timely boost ahead of what many see as a crucial series in Wales’ development building up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Head coach Warren Gatland, who is still recuperating from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in New Zealand, is expected to link up for the squad in the middle of the series.

Wales Squad to tour Australia:

FORWARDS:
Ryan BEVINGTON, Luke CHARTERIS, Bradley DAVIES, Ian EVANS, Toby FALETAU, Rhys GILL, Richard HIBBARD, Paul JAMES, Gethin JENKINS, Adam JONES, Alun Wyn JONES, Rhodri JONES, Ryan JONES, Dan LYDIATE, Ken OWENS, Matthew REES, Aaron SHINGLER, Justin TIPURIC, Josh TURNBULL, Sam WARBURTON, Martyn WILLIAMS

BACKS:
Ashley BECK, Dan BIGGAR, Andrew BISHOP, Aled BREW, Alex CUTHBERT, Jonathan DAVIES, Leigh HALFPENNY, Will HARRIES, James HOOK, George NORTH, Mike PHILLIPS, Rhys PRIESTLAND, Harry ROBINSON, Rhys WEBB, Lloyd WILLIAMS, Scott WILLIAMS, Liam WILLIAMS

What do you make of the squad?

7 thoughts on “Wales name squad for tour to Australia

  1. Slightly surprised to see Aled Brew included here…wonder if he’ll travel to Aus, or whether he’s just in to make up numbers for the Baabaas.

    No Craig Mitchell in the front row and no Lee Byrne either?

  2. Byrne was injured in the Heineken semi against Leinster can’t find any update on his injury but he doesn’t seem to have played since. If he was fit he’d be involved in the business end of the French title race unlike Mike Phillips so he may have release issues too.

    XV of the squad are flying out prior the the Barbarians game . Alan Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies miss the first week of the tour due to wedding commitments so they will be the locks against the Baa Baas with Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies turning out in the first A

  3. continued -first Australian test .

    Brew may drop out Martyn Williams almost certainly will as the Barbarian game is I believe to be marketed as his last match and 100th cap -and he deserved it.

  4. Byrne might be playing in the Top 14 final so is only on standby. nice to see a big squad to be slimmed down, even if the barbarians game is a just a daft money spinner would be good to give some others the opportunity missed by Wales not having an A side anymore.

  5. Good squad. Will be interesting to see how the squad goes without Gatland in charge. I expect Howley and his boys to run Australia close though. One win out of 3 away from home would be a pretty good result for the Welsh I think.

  6. I thought that Dirksen had qualified for us now ? he should have gone if he has.

    1. Dirksen has another year to qualify … dolts advising him didn’t realise that being on a student visa for his first year didn’t satisfy IRB residency rules.

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