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Wales name squad for Oz tour

2012-05-14 13:53

Cardiff - Stand-in Wales coach Rob Howley has picked four uncapped players in a 38-man training squad for the Six Nations champion's three-Test tour of Australia.

Howley, who is leading Wales while coach Warren Gatland recovers from leg injuries sustained in a fall, selected fullback Liam Williams, prop Rhodri Jones, centre Ashley Beck and wing Harry Robinson for a squad that will first face the Barbarians before departing for Australia.

The only players unavailable are centre Jamie Roberts and hooker Huw Bennett because of injury and fullback Lee Byrne, who will be on standby because of his commitments to French club Clermont Auvergne.

The first Test in Brisbane is on June 9, the same day as France's Top 14 final.

Wales 38-man training squad announced on Monday for the Barbarians match on June 2 and the tour of Australia:

Backs:

Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Andrew Bishop (Ospreys), Aled Brew (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Will Harries (Newport Gwent Dragons), James Hook (Perpignan/FRA), George North (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Bayonne/FRA), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Harry Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets)

Forwards:

Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Rhys Gill (Saracens/ENG), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Paul James (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues)

Fixtures

June 2: Wales v Barbarians, Cardiff

June 9: Australia v Wales, 1st Test, Brisbane

June 12: Brumbies v Wales, Canberra

June 16: Australia v Wales, 2nd Test, Melbourne

June 23: Australia v Wales, 3rd Test, Sydney

AP