Wales squad for autumn games

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his 35-man squad for the autumn internationals, against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia next month.

Warburton targets 3 wins from 4 autumn internationals

Wales captain Sam Warburton says he is targeting three wins out of Wales' four autumn internationals next month.

They face South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia at the Millennium Stadium.

Warburton spoke to our Sports Reporter Nick Hartley at an event for fans this evening at the team headquarters in the Vale of Glamorgan.

He said the Lions' victory in Australia this summer - with 13 Wales players, and a number of coaches involved - "will definitely have an effect" in terms of confidence in the upcoming autumn internationals.

"Last autumn didn't go quite as we would have liked - but this year I'm confident we'll do a lot better."

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Lee Byrne: Wales squad picked 'not on form or ability'

Full-back Lee Byrne has admitted he is "gutted" at not being included in Wales' squad for the autumn internationals - and said the squad was "obviously... picked on blooding players for [the World Cup in 2015] not on form or playing ability."

Lee Byrne has won 46 caps, but last played for Wales at the 2011 World Cup. Credit: PA

The 33-year-old was named in Warren Gatland's Six Nations squad in the spring, but failed to feature in any of the games.

Byrne has fallen out of favour since moving to French club side Clermont Auvergne in the summer 2011.

He took to Twitter again to defend his first comments - saying he was "not hitting out at anybody especially not Gatland", just putting forward his "opinion on how selection might have been prioritised."

Gatland already looking towards 2015 World Cup

Warren Gatland says the autumn internationals are an important stepping stone towards the World Cup in 2015.

Gatland said: "We have an important campaign ahead as we look to test ourselves against some of the best sides in the world but also add strength in depth to our squad as we look to the future."

"We face a huge game against South Africa first up and they will be coming to us after an impressive Rugby Championship campaign."

Wales face South Africa on 9 November - they narrowly lost to the Springboks at the 2011 World Cup. Credit: PA

"Recent matches between us have been very close and physical and that will be a great test for us to kick-off."

"All four matches will be a stern test but we are looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to seeing what we can do on this stage."

"The Rugby World Cup is less than two years away, so we are looking to build as much depth in our squad as possible and to give vital international experience to our players."

Full squad to face S Africa, Argentina, Tonga & Australia

There are four France-based players in Wales' autumn internationals squad - James Hook, Mike Phillips, Luke Charteris and Dan Lydiate.

Paul James and George North, who play their rugby in England, are also included.

Craig Mitchell, Rhys Gill, Alex Cuthbert and Jamie Roberts are out injured.

Former Wales captain Matthew Rees is also not considered, after his club Cardiff Blues announced this morning he will have an enforced spell away from rugby, to undergo testicular surgery.

Read More: Matthew Rees to undergo testicular surgery

Wales face South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia at the Millennium Stadium next month.

The full 35-man squad for the autumn internationals:

  • Forwards: Scott Andrews, Adam Jones, Aaron Jarvis, Paul James, Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Ken Owens, Emyr Phillips, Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris, Ian Evans, Bradley Davies, Andrew Coombs, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton (c), Toby Faletau, Dan Lydiate.
  • Backs: Rhodri Williams, Mike Phillips, Lloyd Williams, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Rhys Priestland, Jon Davies, Ashley Beck, Scott Williams, Cory Allen, Owen Williams, James Hook, George North, Eli Walker, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams.

Gatland names Wales squad for autumn internationals

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a 35-man squad for the autumn internationals.

Gatland is returning to Wales duty after his Lions sabbatical, and he has picked 13 players from that tour party in the summer.

Lions skipper Sam Warburton will once again captain Wales, after giving up the captaincy during the Six Nations in the spring.

Injured backs Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert are absent.

There are few surprises in Warren Gatland's first Wales squad after returning from Lions duty. Credit: PA

There are three uncapped players in the squad - Ospreys winger Eli Walker, Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen, and Scarlets scrum-half Rhodri Williams.

Despite speculation he would be left out, Perpignan utility back James Hook has been picked.

Scrum half Mike Phillips is also included, despite his club side Bayonne saying he faces an internal disciplinary hearing, after allegedly attending a video analysis session under the influence of alcohol.

Read More: Phillips to meet club board over 'drunk' allegation

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Gatland to announce Wales squad for autumn series

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Wales take on South Africa on 9th November Credit: David Davies/PA

Warren Gatland will announce his Wales squad for the autumn internationals today. Wales take on South Africa on 9th November, before they face Argentina, Tonga and Australia in the fourth and final test on 30th November.

The South Africa test will be Wales' first outing as a national side since they suffered a 23-8 defeat to Japan in the second and final test of their summer tour.