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Uncapped Thomas one of 11 Cardiff Blues stars in Wales squad

First Team News | 7th June 2021

Uncapped Ben Thomas joins 10 of his Cardiff Blues team-mates in Wayne Pivac's Wales squad for the summer Tests against Canada and Argentina.

The playmaker, who has featured at outside half, inside centre and full back this season, has been rewarded for his fine form this season with his first call-up to the national set-up and is one of five uncapped players in the squad.

Josh Turnbull, who has been a talismanic figure for the club this season, makes a long-awaited return to the squad after a stand-out campaign. The utility forward, who was named in the Guinness PRO14 Dream Team, won the last of his 10 caps against Los Pumas in 2018.

A further four Cardiff forwards are selected, with Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Josh Navidi and James Botham all included in the 34-man squad.

In the backs, academy products Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans will be contesting for their place at half back, as Willis Halaholo is once again included, having made his debut in the Guinness Six Nations earlier this year.

Hallam Amos will look to add to his 23 caps to date while Owen Lane returns to the squad, having last appeared in the Rugby World Cup bronze final against New Zealand.

With the likes of Callum Sheedy, Leigh Halfpenny and Ioan Lloyd also included, a total of 11 players in the squad have featured in the Cardiff Blues pathway.

“We are really looking forward to this summer, getting to work with this squad and the three home tests that we will face,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“It is great that we are able to select five uncapped players in the squad. It is an opportunity, much like the autumn campaign last year, to get these players into the environment and to expose them to test match preparation and in some cases test match rugby.

“This summer isn’t just about the uncapped players it is also about internationals gaining more experience. It is a chance for them to get more starts and appearances under their belt and to step into leadership roles so it is going to be an important period for us.

“We will have a training camp in North Wales before returning to Cardiff for our three tests so it is a great block of time we have together.

“Whilst the Six Nations success is still fresh in many people’s memories it is important we continue to build both depth and our game as we continue to the RWC 2023.”

Ospreys' Gareth Thomas, Scarlets wing Tom Rogers and Dragons duo Taine Basham and Ben Carter are the other uncapped players named, with Jonathan Davies appointed captain.


Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (20 Caps)

Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (39 Caps)

Gareth Thomas (Ospreys) (*Uncapped)

Elliot Dee (Dragons) (37 Caps)

Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (17 Caps)

Sam Parry (Ospreys) (4 Caps)

Leon Brown (Dragons) (17 Caps)

Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (57 Caps)

Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps)

Adam Beard (Ospreys) (25 Caps)

Ben Carter (Dragons) (*Uncapped)

Cory Hill (Cardiff Rugby) (32 Caps)

Will Rowlands (Wasps) (7 Caps)

Taine Basham (Dragons) (*Uncapped)

James Botham (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps)

Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (45 Caps)

Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby) (28 Caps)

Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby) (10 Caps)

Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (29 Caps)

BACKS (15):

Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (4 Caps)

Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby) (22 Caps)

Rhodri Williams (Dragons) (3 Caps)

Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (9 Caps)

Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby) (6 Caps)

Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (88 Caps) (CAPT)

Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby) (4 Caps)

Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (10 Caps)

Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby) (*Uncapped)

Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby) (23 Caps)

Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (95 Caps)

Jonah Holmes (Dragons) (5 Caps)

Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby) (2 Caps)

Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears) (2 Caps)

Tom Rogers (Scarlets) (*Uncapped)