Gareth Jenkins has named his team to face England this weekend, omitting Gavin Henson and revealing that time has run out for the fake-tanned adonis of the Welsh midfield.
Henson has been suffering with an Achilles injury, and Jenkins has said that he is just not fit enough to be considered. Wales only have one match before final squads must be submitted on 14th August.
Lock Will James, 30, has been handed a debut and will partner Rob Sidoli in the engine room. James Hook and Dwayne Peel are rested, denying fans the opportunity of seeing them come together as half-backs in the absence of Stephen Jones.
Colin Charvis will feature at openside, and will line up against Joe Worsley – don’t expect too much pace and dynamism from the two players. More likely is an old fashioned slugfest, reminiscent of the early 90s ten man rugby. After all, defences win Rugby World Cups.
L Byrne (Ospreys); A Brew (Ospreys), T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), G Thomas (Cardiff Blues, capt), D James (Llanelli Scarlets); C Sweeney (Newport Gwent Dragons), G Cooper (Gloucester); I Thomas (Llanelli Scarlets), H Bennett (Ospreys), C Horsman (Worcester), W James (Gloucester), R Sidoli (Cardiff Blues), A W Jones (Ospreys), C Charvis (Newport Gwent Dragons), M Owen (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), R Thomas (Newport Gwent Dragons), T R Thomas (Newport Gwent Dragons), A Popham (Llanelli Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys), J Hook (Ospreys), T James (Cardiff Blues).