|Wales Rugby Squad for the Dove Men Series 2012 Announced|
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|Monday, 22 October 2012 15:24|
Rob Howley has named a 35-man Wales squad to contest the 2012 Dove Men Series at the Millennium Stadium this Autumn which includes just one uncapped player and the returning Jamie Roberts.
Howley, Wales’ interim head coach in the absence of Warren Gatland, has selected six players who did not figure in his original 34-man summer tour squad to Australia, including talismanic Blues centre Roberts, with Ospreys tight-head prop Aaron Jarvis the only potential debutant, whilst Blues flanker Sam Warburton is retained as captain.
Wales begin their campaign against Argentina on Saturday 10th November, before facing Samoa the following Friday evening. The arrival of New Zealand in Cardiff ahead of their clash with Wales on Saturday 24th November will coincide with Gatland’s return to the national squad coaching staff. He re-joins the squad for the clash with the All Blacks and to see them face the Wallabies in the series climax on 1st December, before returning to British and Irish Lions duties and leaving Howley in full charge once again for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
"We are really pleased with the strength and depth of the squad with some pleasing individual performances over the last three or four weeks, but we all understand and realize the skill, physicality and intensity will go up over the next five weeks,” said Howley.
“This is one of the reasons we are going back to our training camp in Poland to sharpen minds and bodies. Argentina are first up and after the experience they have gained in the rugby championship they will be a challenging and tough opponent, but this is a challenge we will look forward too. We know how important momentum is going into any Series and the bigger picture is the Rugby World Cup draw at the beginning of December and how we perform against the Pumas, Samoa, the All Blacks and the Wallabies will have a direct effect on our seeding in that draw."
"We need a successful November to back up our performances at the RWC in New Zealand and the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year and we are determined to achieve it.”
The Wales squad will begin their preparations for the Dove Men Series with a week’s training camp in Spala, Poland, beginning this Sunday 28th October –the same Olympic training village which they visited prior to the 2011 RWC.
WALES SQUAD, DOVE MEN SERIES 2012
Leigh HALFPENNY, Liam WILLIAMS, Alex CUTHBERT, George NORTH, Harry ROBINSON, Ashley BECK, Jonathan DAVIES, Jamie ROBERTS, Scott WILLIAMS, Dan BIGGAR, James HOOK, Rhys PRIESTLAND, Tavis KNOYLE, Mike PHILLIPS, Lloyd WILLIAMS, Scott ANDREWS, Ryan BEVINGTON, Paul JAMES, Aaron JARVIS, Gethin JENKINS, Adam JONES, Richard HIBBARD, Ken OWENS, Matthew REES, Bradley DAVIES, Luke CHARTERIS, Ian EVANS, Alun Wyn JONES, Toby FALETAU, Ryan JONES, Rob McCUSKER, Aaron SHINGLER, Justin TIPURIC, Josh TURNBULL, Sam WARBURTON (CAPTAIN)