Wales team to play the Barbarians

Wales will field three debutants and remain on course to award a 100th cap to veteran flanker Martyn Williams, when they face the Barbarians in the Test match, powered by Under Armour, at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 2 June (Kick-off 2.00pm).

Blues wing Harry Robinson and Scarlets pair, full back Liam Williams and prop Rhodri Jones, will all make their first appearance in Wales colours.

Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees will make his ninth appearance as captain in a side which also features a return to the international set-up for Ospreys backs Andrew Bishop (centre) and Dan Biggar for the first time since before the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

WALES: Liam Williams (Scarlets); Harry Robinson (Blues), Andrew Bishop (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Aled Brew (Dragons); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Blues); Rhys Gill (Saracens), Matthew Rees (Scarlets, captain), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys)

REPLACEMENTS: Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Martyn Williams (Blues), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Adam Warren (Scarlets), Will Harries (Dragons)

7 thoughts on “Wales team to play the Barbarians

  1. interesting team, should be a good game and if some of these guys can put in a big performance they can get on the bench for next week against Aus. The real story is the 1st XV being sent over tomorrow, all very predictable in my opinion apart from the inclusion of Ashley Beck… will he sneak in front of Scott Williams/Jonathan Davies for the starting line up as neither has played for a few months with injurys =

    Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues),
    Ken Owens (Scarlets),
    Adam Jones (Ospreys),
    Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons),
    Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues),
    Dan Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons),
    Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues),
    Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons),

    Mike Phillips (Bayonne),
    Rhys Priestland (Scarlets),
    Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues),
    Scott Williams (Scarlets),
    Ashley Beck (Ospreys),
    Jonathan Davies (Scarlets),
    George North (Scarlets),
    Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues),

    1. Its a good strategy. But its flawed mainly by the fact you have 16 men in your team :P

      1. true, 3 centres hence the will “ashley beck sneak in front of…” commetn, however starting 16 would make things a lot easier.

  2. Might be some tired legs left over from the Pro 12 final. Ireland played an experimental XV and lost 29-28 in Gloucester, as most Leinster players were rested. An entertaining match though apparently.

    1. also true, six starting ospreys and three on the bench is a significant part of the team. I hope the bench is utilised as early as half time for tipuric/ryan jones who no doubt will play a part in australia

  3. A mixture of give the youngsters a chance we might unearth a gem like George North and experienced players who will be in teh second wave out to Australia -Ryan Jones the two locks etc.

    Probably Dan Biggar has the most to gain/lose from the above selection. He has been in fine form of late behind a pretty dominant Ospreys front five if he can repeat this then he should be on the way to Australia himself . Otherwise Hook is in position to take over having moved to France to get game time at outside half he’s still in the Mr Utility role for Wales after being blocked by Biggar at the Ospreys !

  4. Ryan jones’s renaissance is quite something to behold.
    1st man on the bench for me.

    Its amazing that a grand slam captain who is playing better in the last 12 months than he did in 2005/8 isn’t first choice.

    I guess Faletau is starting to feel the pressure of a good opening test.

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