Rob Howley and Robin McBryde have named their respective Probables and Possibles sides for Friday night’s Wales Senior Trial (KO 19.05).
Howley has named one uncapped player in his Probables team, Scarlets’ wing sensation Jordan Williams lining up in a back three with namesake Liam and Alex Cuthbert. A new look back-row features another two Scarlets – Josh Turnbull and Aaron Shingler – as well as Taulupe Faletau.
Their bench includes three uncapped players in Newport Gwent Dragons back-row Lewis Evans, Ospreys’ Sam Davies and Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt.
The Possibles side features two uncapped players in the pack: Scarlets prop Rob Evans and former Wales U20 skipper Ellis Jenkins. Evans packs down in alongside captain Matthew Rees and regional team-mate Rhodri Jones.
Jake Ball, who made his international debut in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, joins British and Irish Lion Ian Evans in the second-row whilst Andrew Coombs and Dan Baker feature alongside Jenkins in the back-row.
“Friday is a huge opportunity for players and a chance for us to see them go up against each other for the Wales jersey,” said Howley. “It’s something we haven’t been able to do for the last decade, but it will be a big night for the players, we want to see them in a pressured environment and that’s what we will get on Friday.”
McBryde added: “It’s been great to have the squad together, we only have a short time to prepare, but we are up for the challenge and excited by it. We have always said that the door is always open in international rugby and this is an opportunity that doesn’t come round very often and the players know it’s their chance to impress on a big public stage in front of all the coaches.”
Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Jordan Williams (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Lewis Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Sam Davies (Ospreys), Dafydd Hewitt (Cardiff Blues).
Dan Fish (Cardiff Blues), Kristian Phillips (Scarlets), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Steven Shingler (Scarlets), Harry Robinson (Cardiff Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Capt) (Cardiff Blues), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Dan Baker (Ospreys).
Replacements: Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Owen Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons), Scott Andrews (Cardiff Blues), Macauley Cook (Cardiff Blues), James Davies (Scarlets), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys).
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