Wales squad for South Africa tour

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Following the trial match on Friday night, in which the Probables battered the Possibles 55-7, Warren Gatland announced the below group of players to tour South Africa this month.

Possibles captain Matthew Rees makes an emotional return to the international fold after recovering from testicular cancer this season, while there are four uncapped players in the squad in the form of Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies, Bristol-bound fly-half Matthew Morgan, wing Jordan Williams and utility back Steven Shingler.

Intriguingly, Morgan makes the squad ahead of Sam Davies, despite largely featuring behind him in the pecking order at the Ospreys this season. A strong second half cameo for the Possibles in the trial match on Friday night would have helped his cause.

Wales squad to tour South Africa:

Forwards:
Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Bath), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Cardiff Blues), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Dan Baker (Ospreys).

Backs:
Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Steven Shingler (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Jordan Williams (Scarlets), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

2 thoughts on “Wales squad for South Africa tour

  1. I’d go for

    1 James 2 Rees 3 A Jones
    4 AW Jones (c) 5 J Ball
    6 Lydiate 8 T Faletau 7 A Shingler

    9 M Phillips
    10 D Biggar 12 J Roberts 13 J Davies
    11 J Williams 14 G North
    15 L Williams

    I expect Gatland will pick G Jenkins over P James, Charteris over J Ball and Cuthbert over J Williams tho unfortunately but I think he deserves his chance, I remember Shane Williams having a good tour of SA last time, and considering no one expects Wales to win they might as well go for some magic feet in the 11 shirt again.

    16 K Owens
    17 G Jenkins
    18 S Lee
    19 I Evans
    20 J Turnbull
    21 G Davies
    22 J Hook
    23 M Morgan

  2. Cementhead is bound to bench P James and go for the busted flush that is Gethin Jenkins.

    I’m surprised he hasn’t taken p***land to tour- he still has one leg to walk on and that’s usually enough for CH to pick him.

    May not even bench Ian Evans after the alleged Lions bust-up, we’ll have to see.
    Another couple of SH defeats beckon yet again.

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