Wales Possibles and Probables squads announced for trial match


Wales have named 52 players to prepare for the Wales Senior Trial on May 30th. The Probables will be captained by Alun Wyn Jones, while Matthew Rees will lead out the Possibles.

The biggest news, however, is the presence of Gavin Henson in the Probables squad. Wales have several injury issues in the centres, but Henson has still beaten out the likes of Cory Allen and James Hook, both of whom find themselves in the Possibles.

There are two uncapped players in the Probables, in Dragons prop Owen Evans and Ospreys’ back Sam Davies.

Elsewhere Leicester Tigers’ promising young fly-half Owen Williams is included in the Possibles, as is Bristol-bound mercurial utility back Matthew Morgan. Joining them in the squad are several names that have featured regularly in the national squad in recent times, including Paul James, Bradley Davies and Ian Evans.

The full squads are below – what do you make of them?

Probables Squad:

Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Owen Evans (Dragons), Rhys Gill (Saracens), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (Captain), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Bristol), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Blues), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Taulupe Faletau (Dragons).
Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Sam Davies (Ospreys), Jon Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Gavin Henson (Bath), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton), Hallam Amos (Dragons), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

Possibles Squad:

Paul James (Bath), Phil Price (Dragons), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Blues), Kristian Dacey (Blues), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Blues), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Blues), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Macauley Cook (Blues), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), James Davies (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys).
Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Lloyd Williams (Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Harry Robinson (Blues), Owen Williams (Leicester), Steven Shingler (Scarlets), Cory Allen (Blues), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys), Tom Prydie (Dragons), Jordan Williams (Scarlets).

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

14 thoughts on “Wales Possibles and Probables squads announced for trial match

  1. Very surprised to see Charteris ahead of Ian Evans and Bradley Davies in the pecking order.

    Obviously though the big story is Henson here. To be fair, it must have been a straight decision between him and Hook for the slot. No idea why Gatland dislikes Hook so much, but I’m pretty sure he’ll take anyone over him!

    1. Don’t forget the rumours from 2013 Lions that Gatland and Ian Evans had a huge bust-up over 3rd Test selection.

      Gatland should have picked Evans for the Bench at least but would have faced further criticism over picking ‘All Wales’ Lions side.

      Evans had grounds for complaint as he was the really important for Wales throughout the 2013 6n.

      He has now however blotted his record with the sending off v Leinster and huge ban.

      As usual Gatland picks and chooses who to favour and who to reject. (Hook, Paul James etc etc)

      Gethin Jenkins is finished at international level but despite this Gatland views Jenkins as he views Priestland-gtee’d their places no matter how they play.

      Boks Front Row will eat Jenkins alive but Gatland will still not go for Paul James no matter what.

      1. To be fair I wasn’t aware about any Gatland/ Evans bust up. If there was, the Gatland is completely in the right. Evans was behind AWJ, Parling and Gray at the time. I don’t think that’s unjust.

        Any complaint from him is appalling and if that is the case then I completely understand him falling down the pecking order with that self-righteous attitude.

  2. Seems odd that Henson has got in there as a probable. I don’t think he’s even played that much for Bath this season?

  3. It’s possible that a starter for the possibles is actually higher up in the pecking order than a bench player for probables. That way they get a longer look at their better players. Whilst the teams are quite clearly stacked in favour of the probables, they’re just names so the Welsh coaches can do whatever they see fit…

    Eg. Paul James. He’s clearly no.2 for Wales at loose head, some would suggest he should be ahead of Jenkins, but is in possibles.

    So perhaps Hook is in the possibles vs. Henson in probables to give him a starting spot as opposed to bench (assuming Henson will be on bench)

    1. Think you’re probably right Rodgers. Stupid naming convention though isn’t it? Why not just call them team 1 and 2 and avoid this kind of confusion?

      Still expect Henson to tour ahead of Hook. Gatland hates him.

      1. The trials were called the Probables for the Possibles for years going back to at least the early 60s.

        1. They should go for names like the Oxford / Cambridge Boat Race Trial crews over the years – Gin vs Tonic, Whiskey vs Ginger, etc. Much more fun, but it’s all semantics in the end. Another money making opportunity, and a chance for Gatland to try out his favourites against the public’s favourites!

          1. Agree they could have had a lot more fun with team names

            Blagons Vs Oslets
            Exiles Vs Domiciles
            Nature Vs Nurture

            This isn’t a money spinning exercise though, tickets are cheap, proceeds to charity and a BaaBaas match was offered and rejected.

    2. it certainly looks that way – which is eminently sensible.

      In terms of the front row, it’ll be Jenkins/Owens/Jones vs James/Rees/Jones, which will be very interesting. In my humblest of opinions, Jenkins is on the slide.

      Henson certainly won’t start with davies and Roberts in that side.

      This said of course, it will interesting to see the two starters at 9, given that the Probs have Rhodri Williams and Mike Phillips.

  4. I’m assuming O Williams/ North selections are conditional on either Tigers or Saints not making the final?

  5. The Possibles starters are the second choice players so the Probables bench are third choice (from the mouth of Gatland) .

    A more probable (rather than possible) outcome is that the English based players will not get released for this exercise in any event as it’s outside the IRB window .

    If held a week later it would be within the window but probably that would be too disruptive for travelling plans etc .

    The other possibilty ( probability ?) is that by picking this date Gatland ,Roger Lewis etc are illustrating that plyers who choose to play away from Wales might get barriers put in their way for selection

    More beneficial for Owain Williams (or North) to get a run out in a final that means something in any event although North would get a release if Leicester aren’t final bound courtesy of Northampton’s length of contract 60k fine . It would seem strange for players to be sitting it out if not otherwise involved but Premiership rugby have been consistent on this topic so far so I probably don’t expect a change .

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