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Uncapped Ospreys pair named in Wales Test squad

Sam Davies is in the Wales squad. Credit: PA

Uncapped Ospreys pair Sam Davies and Rory Thornton have been named in a 36-man Wales squad for next month's Tests against Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

Davies has impressed consistently this season, and is seen in some quarters as a major fly-challenger to Dan Biggar.

Three players - George North, Jamie Roberts and Taulupe Faletau - have been picked as wildcards under the Welsh Rugby Union's new senior player selection policy for players plying their trade outside Wales.

A maximum of three players can be chosen for any one campaign in a season, with Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland the highest profile absentee this time around among a list of seven currently captured by the new procedure.

Bath number eight Faletau is currently injured, but could be available for the latter part of Wales' autumn series, while Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny is recalled 13 months after his last game for Wales, which resulted in him suffering a serious knee injury that ruled him out of last season's World Cup and Six Nations.

Wales fixtures:

  • Wales v Australia: Saturday 5th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Wales v Argentina: Saturday 12th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 5.30pm.
  • Wales v Japan: Saturday 19th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Wales v South Africa: Saturday 26th November, Principality Stadium. Kick-off 5.30pm.



Howley in charge of Wales with Gatland on Lions duty

Rob Howley will be in charge of Wales as Warren Gatland heads off on Lions duty. Credit: PA

Rob Howley has been named as Wales head coach while Warren Gatland concentrates on his New Zealand tour role with the British and Irish Lions for the next 10 months.

Howley, a long-term Wales assistant coach under Gatland, will take up the role and have what the Welsh Rugby Union announced as "full responsibility" for the senior team with immediate effect. The season features four autumn Tests and a Six Nations campaign.

It is a reprise of the 2012-13 season when Gatland headed up the Lions tour of Australia. Under Howley, Wales lost all of their autumn games that campaign, but recovered impressively to win the Six Nations title.

Lions boss Gatland has been seconded from his WRU role until after the New Zealand tour ends next July.

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