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Eight selected for Wales internationals

18th October 2016

Eight Cardiff Blues players have been selected by Wales for the upcoming autumn series.

Rob Howley has named a 36-man squad for the four Principality Stadium Test matches, including two debutants.

Sam Warburton remains captain and he is joined in the squad by fellow forwards Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Gill, Kristian Dacey and Scott Andrews, who have been rewarded for their strong set-piece displays.

In the backs, Lloyd Williams, Gareth Anscombe and Alex Cuthbert have got the nod.

Howley said: “It is great to give the opportunity to players who are playing well for their clubs with the likes of Nicky Smith, Rhys Gill, Rory Thornton and Sam Davies coming into the squad.  

“In addition it’s great to be able to welcome back experienced players such as Dan Lydiate, Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny, who have missed out recently with injury and that experience will be important this autumn.

“We know we have to start the campaign strong and have to replicate the accuracy and intensity our opponents will bring to Cardiff.  We need to build on what we did in New Zealand and take it up another level for that opening match against Australia.”

The squad will meet up to begin preparations for the four-test campaign on Monday October 24 and face Australia in their opening encounter on November 5.  

Rugby World Cup semi-finalists Argentina are the next opponents at Principality Stadium before Japan arrive in Cardiff and the campaign is concluded against South Africa on November 26.


Scott Andrews (Cardiff Blues) (12 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (14 Caps)
Rhys Gill (Cardiff Blues) (6 Caps)
Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) (126 Caps)
Samson Lee (Scarlets) (28 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (3 Caps)
Scott Baldwin (Ospreys) (24 Caps)
Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues) (3 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (42 Caps)
Second Row
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (20 Caps)
Luke Charteris (Bath Rugby) (68 Caps)
Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (56 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (102 Caps)
Rory Thornton (Ospreys) (UNCAPPED)
Back Row
Dan Baker (Ospreys) (3 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau* (Bath Rugby) (61 Caps)
James King (Ospreys) (8 Caps)
Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) (57 Caps)
Ross Moriarty (Gloucester) (9 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (43 Caps)
Sam Warburton (CAPT) (Cardiff Blues) (67 Caps)
Scrum Half
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (22 Caps)
Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) (27 Caps)
Fly Half
Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps)
Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (48 Caps)
Sam Davies (Ospreys) (UNCAPPED)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (56 Caps)
Tyler Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons) (3 Caps)
Jamie Roberts* (Harlequins) (83 Caps)
Scott Williams (Scarlets) (38 Caps)
Wing/Full Back
Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons) (10 Caps)
Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) (42 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) (62 Caps)
George North* (Northampton Saints) (62 Caps)
Liam Williams (Scarlets) (35 Caps)
* Denotes Senior Player Selection Policy wildcard selection.