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Wales coach Wayne Pivac names five uncapped players in first squad announcement

The Kiwi coach has selected a squad that includes 22 players who featured for Wales in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Credit: PA Images

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named five uncapped players as he prepares for his first fixture in charge against the Barbarians.

The Kiwi coach's group includes New Zealand-born backs Johnny McNicholl and Willis Halaholo, who both qualify on residency.

Three other uncapped players named are Ashton Hewitt, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Taine Basham, while 22 of the squad were involved at the Rugby World Cup.

The full squad to face the Barbarians. Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

The former Scarlets coach will encounter a Barbarians side coached by his Wales predecessor Warren Gatland, whose 12-year reign ended after the World Cup in Japan.

On announcing his first Wales squad, Pivac said: "It is great to get the squad announced and get the ball rolling on our first meet-up and first fixture next week.

"This Barbarians game is a great chance for us as a new squad and management to get together and to set the scene for what we are looking to do. Having this opportunity ahead of tournament rugby in the Six Nations is ideal for us.

"It is also a great chance for some players to really put their hand up and show what they are about and take to the field in front of a big crowd at home."

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is among a number of star names not included because of injury. The team have been faced with a number of blows including Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell who sustained injuries at the Rugby World Cup.

Saturday November 30:

  • 11.45 Wales Women v Barbarians
  • 14.45 Wales Men v Barbarians