Wales pick five uncapped players in new summer test squad with Jonathan Davies named captain in the absence of Alun Wyn Jones and eight other stars on Lions tour
- Wales are without nine senior players for this summer’s Tests due to Lions tour
- Wayne Pivac appointed a much changed team, with five newcomers called up
- Jonathan Davies will reprise his role as captain in the absence of Alun Wyn Jones
- Wales prepare for two tests against Argentina and one against Canada
Wales have selected five uncapped players in their squad for the Summer Test, which will be led by center Jonathan Davies in the absence of members of the Lions team.
The 33-year-old has previously captained his country, in the 2019 Six Nations game against Italy, and after missing the British and Irish touring squad for the trip to South Africa, he will take up that role again.
Next to him will be senior men who were part of the Six Nations victory – Josh Navidi, Tomas Francis and Leigh Halfpenny, who is one away from 100 international caps.
Jonathan Davies will reprise his role as Wales captain in the absence of Lions squad members
Wayne Pivac made the changes when he drafted five uncapped stars for his summer test crew
Ross Moriarty returns from injury alongside new calls; Gareth Thomas of the Ospreys, Ben Carter and Taine Basham of the Dragons, Ben Thomas of Cardiff and Scarlet Tom Rogers.
However, there is no place for Leicester winger Tommy Reffell in the 34-man squad, who could very well be chosen by England this week as he is double qualified.
Coach Wayne Pivac, who is preparing for two tests against Argentina and one against Canada, said: “We are really looking forward to this summer, to get started with this squad and the three home tests that we will undergo.
“It’s great that we can select five unlimited players in the roster. It’s an opportunity, just like last year’s fall campaign, to get these players into the environment and expose them to test match preparation and in some cases Test match rugby.
Dragons forward Taine Basham was selected as one of five newcomers to Wales
Wales will be without nine Lions this summer, including their captain Alun Wyn Jones
‘This summer it’s not just about the unlimited players, but also about internationals who gain more experience. It’s an opportunity for them to get more starts and appearances under their belts and step into leadership roles, so it’s going to be an important period for us.
“We will have a training camp in North Wales before returning to Cardiff for our three tests, so it’s a great time we’re having together.
“While the success of the Six Nations is still fresh in the minds of many people, it is important that we continue to build both depth and our game as we move forward to the RWC 2023.”
Wales will be without nine Lions this summer – Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit and Josh Adams – as well as George North who suffered a serious knee injury in April.
Wales Summer Test Team
FORWARD (19): Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (20 Caps) Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (39 Caps) Gareth Thomas (Ospreys) (*Uncapped) Elliot Dee (Dragons) (37 Caps) Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (17 Caps) Sam Parry (Ospreys ) (4 Caps) Leon Brown (Dragons) (17 Caps) Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (57 Caps) Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps) Adam Beard (Ospreys) (25 Caps) Ben Carter (Dragons) (* Uncapped) Cory Hill (Cardiff Rugby) (32 Caps) Will Rowlands (Wasps) (7 Caps) Taine Basham (Dragons) (*Uncapped) James Botham (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps) Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (45 Caps) Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps) Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby) (10 Caps) Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (29 Caps)
BACKS (15): Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (4 Caps) Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby) (22 Caps) Rhodri Williams (Dragons) (3 Caps) Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (9 Caps) Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps) Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (88 Caps) (CAPT) Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby) (4 Caps) Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (10 Caps) Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby) (*Uncapped) Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby) (23 Caps) Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (95 Caps) Jonah Holmes (Dragons) (5 Caps) Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby) (2 Caps) Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears) (2 Caps) Tom Rogers (Scarlets) (*Uncapped)