22/10/2019

Wales World Cup squad: Rhys Patchell & Cory Hill in Warren Gatland’s final 31 for Japan


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Rhys Patchell would be Wales’ after being named at Warren Gatland’s final squad.
That means.
Despite being sidelined with a small fracture in his leg, lock Cory Hill is included.
There is no place for Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rob Evans, or center Scott Williams.
Evans was choice throughout Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam effort but Saracens’ Rhys Carre makes the airplane to Japan as one of five championships after making his debut against the Irish.
Tomas Francis, nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis and Wyn Jones would be the props. Jones will pay for either side of the scrum with only two.
Ken Owens, who is heading into Ryan Elias and his third World Cup Dee are the 3 hookers from the squad.
“Selection is always the toughest part of this job and that is especially true come RWC time,” said Gatland.
“Reducing the squad down to 31 has been extremely hard especially when you look at the depth we’ve created and the amount of work the coaching team have put in.”
Hill is not predicted to be available for the beginning of Wales’ campaign, which starts on 23 September from Georgia.
But the 27-year-old gets the nod in the second-row alongside priest Alun Wyn Jones, Jake Ball and Adam Beard.
Wales have named six back-rows at Josh Navidi, Ross Moriarty, James Davies, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright.
Gatland has selected and 13 backs into his 31-man squad.
Tomos Williams, Aled Davies and gareth Davies are called the scrum-halves.
Although Hallam Amos is selected in the back three before Owen Lane who shopped his debut centre Owen Watkin has been given the nod before Ospreys team-mate Scott Williams.
Watkin, Hadleigh Parkes and jonathan Davies will be the centres from the group, with Leigh Halfpenny, Amos, Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams included as back-three collections.
Are Bradley Davies, Lane, Steff Evans, Scott Williams, Jarrod Evans, Rob Evans, Lee, Leon Brown and Jonah Holmes.
“We are really happy with the final 31, we feel there is a great blend into the squad, in terms of ability, experience and age profile and we are all incredibly excited about going into Japan and that which lies ahead,” Gatland added.
“All these players have performed and delivered for Wales and have the opportunity to represent their country in the game’s showpiece tournament”
What began as an training group of 42 players had been diminished by two injuries to number eight Taulupe Faletau along with fly-half Gareth Anscombe.
Wales begin their World Cup campaign in Japan 23 September at Toyota City before pool matches from Fiji, Australia and Uruguay.
Forwards
Props: Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Rhys Carre (Saracens), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues).
Hookers: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets).
Second-rows: Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Cory Hill (Dragons), Jake Ball (Scarlets).
Back-rowers: Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), James Davies (Scarlets).
Backs
Scrum-halves: Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Aled Davies (Ospreys).
Fly-halves: Dan Biggar (Northampton), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets).
Centres: Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).
Back three: Liam Williams (Saracens), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Ospreys), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues.
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