Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has named 12 Ospreys in his squad for the Autumn Under Armour Series
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has named a 36-man squadfor the forthcoming Under Armour series and included two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
The squad includes a further seven players who didn’t feature for Wales on their summer tour to New Zealand, including the return from injury of British & Irish Lions trio Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Lydiate. Cardiff Blues prop duo Rhys Gill and Scott Andrews also return to the squad along with Ospreys loose-head Nicky Smith and No. 8 Dan Baker.
In the pack Gethin Jenkins, Tomas Francis and Samson Lee join the three props already named with Scott Baldwin, Kristian Dacey and Ken Owens completing the front-row contingent.
Osprey Thornton is joined by fellow regional second-rows Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones along with Luke Charteris and Jake Ball.
Captain Sam Warburton, Ospreys pair James King and Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty and Taulupe Faletau complete the forwards named.
Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb and Lloyd Williams join are named as the three scrum-halfs in the squad with Gareth Anscome and Dan Biggar joining uncapped the Davies. The centres comprise of, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams. Hallam Amos, George North and Liam Williams link up with the returning Cuthbert and Halfpenny across the back three.
“It is great to give the opportunity to players who are playing well for their clubs with the likes of Nicky Smith, Rhys Gill, Rory Thornton and Sam Davies coming into the squad. In addition it’s great to be able to welcome back experienced players such as Dan Lydiate, Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny, who have missed out recently with injury and that experience will be important this autumn.
“Taulupe is still in his rehab process and has been working closely with Bath. We hope he will be available in the later part of the campaign, but his experience will be vitally important to have around the squad.
“We know we have to start the campaign strong and have to replicate the accuracy and intensity our opponents will bring to Cardiff. We need to build on what we did in New Zealand and take it up another level for that opening match against Australia.”
The squad will meet up to begin preparations for the four-test campaign on Monday October 24 and face Australia in their opening encounter on November 5. Rugby World Cup semi-finalists Argentina are the next opponents at Principality Stadium before Japan arrive in Cardiff and the campaign is concluded against South Africa on November 26.
Under Armour Series 2016 – (with remaining ticket categories) Wales vs Australia - Saturday 5th November (Kick off 2.30pm): £60 (£30) Wales vs Argentina - Saturday 12th November (Kick off 5.30pm): £50 / £40 (£20) / £30 / £20 Wales vs Japan - Saturday 19th November (Kick off 2.30pm): £35 / £20 (£10) Wales vs South Africa - Saturday 26th November (Kick off 5.30pm): £70, £60 (£30) Tickets available now at www.wru.wales/tickets
WALES 2016 UNDER ARMOUR SERIES SQUAD
Scott Andrews (Cardiff Blues) (12 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (14 Caps)
Rhys Gill (Cardiff Blues) (6 Caps)
Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) (126 Caps)
Samson Lee (Scarlets) (28 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (3 Caps)
Scott Baldwin (Ospreys) (24 Caps)
Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues) (3 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (42 Caps)
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (20 Caps)
Luke Charteris (Bath Rugby) (68 Caps)
Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (56 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (102 Caps)
Rory Thornton (Ospreys) (UNCAPPED)
Dan Baker (Ospreys) (3 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau* (Bath Rugby) (61 Caps)
James King (Ospreys) (8 Caps)
Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) (57 Caps)
Ross Moriarty (Gloucester) (9 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (43 Caps)
Sam Warburton (CAPT) (Cardiff Blues) (67 Caps)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (22 Caps)
Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) (27 Caps)
Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps)
Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (48 Caps)
Sam Davies (Ospreys) (UNCAPPED)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (56 Caps)
Tyler Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons) (3 Caps)
Jamie Roberts* (Harlequins) (83 Caps)
Scott Williams (Scarlets) (38 Caps)
Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons) (10 Caps)
Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) (42 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) (62 Caps)
George North* (Northampton Saints) (62 Caps)
Liam Williams (Scarlets) (35 Caps)
* Denotes Senior Player Selection Policy wildcard selection.