Wales name four uncapped players in summer squad to face South Africa and Australia as Josh Adams and Will Rowlands rest | Rugby Union News

Warren Gatland has named four non-international players in the Wales squad to face South Africa and Australia this summer.

Cardiff scrum-half Ellis Bevan and full-back Jacob Beetham, Ospreys flanker Keelan Giles and 20-year-old Gloucester flanker Josh Hathaway have been included for the first time; the latter, a former England U20 international.

Wales will face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday June 22 and then travel to face Australia on July 6 and 13 in a two-Test tour, live on Sky sports.

No captain has been named in the group, whose average age is 25, with Dewi Lake, Jac Morgan, Taine Plumtree, Christ Tshiunza and Ben Carter returning from injuries. Lake and Morgan do so after co-captaining the Rugby World Cup in France last September and October.

Winger Josh Adams, second row Will Rowlands and hooker Ryan Elias have all been rested, while experienced trio Liam Williams, Cory Hill and Henry Thomas have earned recalls.

Wales’ Josh Adams is one of three players rested over the summer

“We have selected a larger squad because we do not have English club players available for the South Africa match. So we will reduce the squad from 36 to 34 players for Australia,” Gatland said.

“I think everyone appreciates and realizes that we are building towards 2027. There were times during the Six Nations when we played very good rugby and put pressure on opposing teams, but we probably weren’t precise enough.

“It’s about playing for longer periods, putting halves together and putting in an 80-minute performance which ultimately gives you confidence and gives you a chance to win games.

“We need to take advantage of that. We need to keep working hard. We have some experience coming back into the team and some interesting players, which is good.”

Warren Gatland’s team has no named captain and has an average age of 25 years.

“The big focus for us is our game management and improving with that. But we also want to improve our collision mastery, whether in attack or defence, and create more depth and competition within the team.”

Regarding the captaincy, Gatland added: “When the team arrives, we will see a leadership group that will be important for us in the future.

“Then we will probably look to name a captain for the South Africa match and then name a captain for the tour.”

Wales squad for summer tests

Forwards (22)

Corey Domachowski, Kemsley Mathias, Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Dewi Lake, Evan Lloyd, Sam Parry, Keiron Assiratti, Archie Griffin, Dillon Lewis, Harri O’Connor, Henry Thomas, Ben Carter, Cory Hill, Dafydd Jenkins, Matthew Screech, Cristo Tshiunza, Mackenzie Martin, Jac Morgan, Taine Plumtree, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright

Backs (14)

Ellis Bevan, Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Sam Costelow, Mason Grady, Ben Thomas, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Rio Dyer, Keelan Giles, Josh Hathaway, Liam Williams, Jacob Beetham, Cameron Winnett

Wales Summer Matches (UK & Ireland time) – Live on Sky Sports

Saturday June 22 – vs South Africa in Twickenham (2:00 p.m.)
Saturday July 6 – against Australia in Sydney (10:45 am)
Saturday July 13 – vs Australia in Melbourne (10:45)

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