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Regan Grace one of 3 uncapped players in final Wales squad

By Josh Raisey
Regan Grace of Bath Rugby looks on during a Bath Rugby training session at Farleigh House on March 20, 2024 in Bath, England. (Photo by Patrick Khachfe/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland has confirmed his 34-player Wales squad that will leave for Australia on June 26 ahead of a two-Test series against the Wallabies.

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Bath’s former Super League winner Regan Grace is one of three uncapped players, alongside Gloucester fullback Josh Hathaway and Cardiff hooker Efan Daniel, in a squad captained by Dewi Lake.

Daniel was drafted into the squad last week and takes the place of Dragons hooker Elliot Dee, who has failed to recover from an ankle injury suffered before teaming up with the squad.

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Grace too was called into the squad last week in place of Keelan Giles as Wales prepared to take on South Africa at Twickenham.

Following the 52-16 loss to the world champions, Gatland has reduced his squad slightly while Wales have also confirmed the absence of props Keiron Assiratti and Henry Thomas ahead of two Tests against the Wallabies and a fixture against the Queensland Reds.

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“We’re expecting two fiercely contested Test matches down under and are also pleased to be able to play a third fixture against the Queensland Reds,” Gatland said.

“I’m excited about this Wales squad. We know Australia is a tough place to go and play rugby, but we are relishing the challenge.

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“We are focusing on getting better as a group. This is a young squad that’s still learning at this level. There are lots of positives and good things that we can build on from the weekend and there are also areas that we will be working hard to address over the next few weeks.”

Wales squad
Forwards (19)
Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Rugby – 10 caps)
Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets – 3 caps)
Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 31 caps)
Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped)
Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 13 caps) captain
Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby – 3 caps)
Archie Griffin (Bath Rugby – 1 cap)
Dillon Lewis (Harlequins – 57 caps)
Harri O’Connor (Scarlets – 2 caps)
Ben Carter (Dragons – 12 caps)
Cory Hill (Secom Rugguts – 32 caps)
Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs – 17 caps)
Matthew Screech (Dragons – 2 caps)
Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs – 10 caps)
James Botham (Cardiff Rugby – 11 caps)
Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby – 4 caps)
Taine Plumtree (Scarlets – 3 caps)
Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 18 caps)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons – 49 caps)

Backs (15)
Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Rugby – 1 cap)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets – 77 caps)
Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 21 caps)
Sam Costelow (Scarlets – 13 caps)
Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby – 12 caps)
Eddie James (Scarlets – 1 cap)
Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby – 2 caps)
Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 36 caps)
Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 39 caps)
Rio Dyer (Dragons – 20 caps)
Regan Grace (Bath Rugby – uncapped)
Josh Hathaway (Gloucester Rugby – uncapped)
Liam Williams (Kubota Spears – 90 caps)
Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby – 1 cap)
Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby – 6 caps)

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finn 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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