Wales rugby: Five uncapped players named in squad for summer Tests



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Wales coach Wayne Pivac has named five uncapped players for the summer Tests against Canada and Argentina.

Ospreys prop Gareth Thomas, Dragons pair Ben Carter and Taine Basham, Cardiff Blues centre Ben Thomas and Scarlets wing Tom Rogers are included in a 34-man party.

Centre Jonathan Davies captains the squad while there are recalls for Josh Turnbull and Rhodri Williams.

Wales face Canada on 3 July and Tests against Argentina on 10 and 17 July.

Dragons scrum-half Williams, 28, is recalled after a seven-year absence with Rhys Webb again overlooked while Ospreys centre Owen Watkin is not included.

Back-rower Turnbull, 33, is rewarded for his fine form with Cardiff Blues with his last international appearance in 2018 against Argentina.

Wales have 10 players on the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa including captain Alun Wyn Jones.

“We are really looking forward to this summer, getting to work with this squad and the three home tests that we will face,” said Pivac.

“It is great that we are able to select five uncapped players in the squad. It is an opportunity, much like the autumn campaign last year, to get these players into the environment and to expose them to Test match preparation and in some cases test match rugby.

“This summer isn’t just about the uncapped players it is also about internationals gaining more experience. It is a chance for them to get more starts and appearances under their belt and to step into leadership roles so it is going to be an important period for us.

“We will have a training camp in north Wales before returning to Cardiff for our three matches so it is a great block of time we have together.

“Whilst the Six Nations success is still fresh in many people’s memories it is important we continue to build both depth and our game as we continue to the RWC 2023.”

There will be up to 10,000 fans allowed at the Principality Stadium under Welsh Government guidelines for the three games.

Canada’s head coach is Kingsley Jones with Rob Howley in his backroom staff.

Howley was appointed Canada assistant coach in September 2020 and his first game involved with the Canucks will be against Wales.

Howley was sent home before the World Cup 2019 in Japan for betting breaches and served a ban.

Wales squad

Forwards: Rhodri Jones (Ospreys), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Gareth Thomas (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Sam Parry (Ospreys), Leon Brown (Dragons), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Ben Carter (Dragons), Cory Hill (Cardiff Rugby), Will Rowlands (Wasps), Taine Basham (Dragons), James Botham (Cardiff Rugby), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons).

Backs: Kieran Hardy (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), Rhodri Williams (Dragons), Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets, capt), Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), Jonah Holmes (Dragons), Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby), Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears), Tom Rogers (Scarlets).



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