CARDIFF: Wales coach Wayne Pivac (Photo) England-based Thomas Young recalled for the Autumn International series despite the lack of stringency of the 60 cap rule for players based outside the country.
Pivac received a special exemption for the Wasps Young flanker after it was announced on Wednesday that he would return to Cardiff next season. Exiled players with less than 60 selections are exceptionally not eligible for selection.
But injuries and a tough schedule that includes successive October 30 weekend games against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia, have strained Pivac’s hand to some extent.
Youth and other England-based players, fellow forwards Taulupe Faletau and Christ Tshiunza, fly-backs Dan Biggar and Callum Sheedy, center Nick Tompkins and winger Louis Rees-Zammit will not be available for the game against New York. -Zeeland because it leaves the international window.
Teenager Tshiunza and mainstay WillGriff John are two unreleased players in the 38-man squad, while opening half Rhys Priestland returns to the mix for the first time since 2017 with Newborn Gareth Anscombe. -Zeeland, the fourth pivot selected and most likely to start against All Black.
Pivac has also selected eight British and Irish Lions who lost the series to South Africa earlier this year, including loyal captain Alun Wyn Jones.
“It was one of the toughest selections I’ve had to do with less rugby than what would normally have happened before a campaign on top of the injuries and unavailability of players,” Pivac said in a press release from Welsh Rugby.
“When you look at the selection you want to pick out fit players, but it’s fair to say that a number of players haven’t hit their best form.
“We’ve looked at past performance at this level, including a very successful Six Nations campaign, and we’ve credited some of that information in its current form if you like.
“Injuries in some positions, especially in the open, have made us look a bit deeper than we normally would, but it does mean that more players have the potential to be exposed at this level of rugby. ” – Reuters
Forward: Wyn Jones (scarlet), Rhodri Jones (ospreys), Rhys Carre (Cardiff), Ken Owens (scarlet), Elliot Dee (dragons), Ryan Elias (scarlet), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff), WillGriff John (scarlet), Tomas Francis (ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (ospreys), Adam Beard (ospreys), Will Rowlands (dragons), Ben Carter (dragons), Seb Davies (Cardiff), Christ Tshiunza (Exeter), Ross Moriarty (dragons), Thomas Young ( Wasps), Taine Basham (Dragons), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Taulupe Faletau (Bath).
Back: Tomos Williams (Cardiff), Gareth Davies (scarlet), Keiran Hardy (scarlet), Gareth Anscombe (ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Cardiff), Dan Biggar (Northampton), Callum Sheedy (Bristol), Johnny Williams (scarlet), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Willis Halaholo (Cardiff), Ben Thomas (Cardiff), Josh Adams (Cardiff), Owen Lane (Cardiff), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester), Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlet).