Wayne Pivac name Wales squad for Barbarians clash

The game against Barbarians will be Wales' first match under Wayne Pivac
The game against Barbarians will be Wales' first match under Wayne Pivac

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named five uncapped players in the 35-man squad for the upcoming clash against Barbarians to be played in Cardiff on 30th November.

Taine Basham, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Willis Halaholo, Ashton Hewitt and Johnny McNicholl will be part of the squad for the first time with both McNicholl and Halaholo becoming eligible for national selection on residency rule.

The squad comprises of 22 players, who were part of the recently concluded World Cup campaign in Japan. Alun Wyn Jones has been handed a rest while Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell are unavailable for selection due to injuries.

“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," said Pivac.

“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.

“We will be bringing a few additional players in to train with the squad during the week, just to see them in the environment and will also be bringing some of the injured players in for some of the scene setting style sessions.”

Following the game against Barbarians, Wales will kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a clash against Italy in Cardiff on 1st February.

Wales squad to take on Barbarians:

Forwards: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Leon Brown (Dragons), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Taine Basham (Dragons), Ollie Griffiths (Dragons), Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)

Backs: Aled Davies (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Sam Davies (Dragons), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues), Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Blues), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Owen Lane (Cardiff Blues), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues), Steff Evans (Scarlets), Ashton Hewitt (Dragons), Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets)

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