The 2021 Six Nations Champions, Wales, led by Wayne Pivac, will face the three best teams in the world in this year’s series: New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. In addition to the Wallabies, they will also face Fiji during the window, two of their rivals in the upcoming 2023 World Cup in France.
Head coach Pivac draws on the experience of eight British and Irish Lions from 2021 in Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones, Adam Beard, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones, who returned to action for the Ospreys last weekend, will become the most capped international player in history. if you make an appearance during the Autumn Nation Series 2021.
Cardiff Rugby’s Rhys Priestland is returning to the team for the first time since he made his last international appearance, against New Zealand, in November 2017. Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar and Callum Sheedy are also included as openings.
“We understand that the opening game against the All Blacks is outside the international window, but I think we all need this game, after what has been a particularly difficult time for everyone due to the global pandemic,” said Pivac.
“It will be fantastic to play again in front of a packed stadium, with several of these players experiencing that for the first time. This has been one of the toughest picks I have had to do with less rugby than would normally have taken place before a season, in addition to injuries and player unavailability.
“When you look at the national team, you want to select fit players, but it is fair to say that several players have not reached their best form. We have analyzed past performances at this level, including a very successful Six Nations campaign, and have credited some of that information in current form if you wish.
“Injuries at certain positions, particularly on the open side, have forced us to look a little deeper than we normally would, but what it does mean is that more players have the opportunity to be exposed to this level of rugby. This can only be a good thing if we continue with our preparations for the 2023 World Cup. “
On the other hand, as anticipated yesterday, several Premiership players will not be available for the duel against the All Blacks because they are outside the international window in November.
Team Wales for the Autumn Nations Series 2021
FORWARDS (21); Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (35 caps) Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (21 caps) Rhys Carre (Cardiff Rugby) (13 caps) Ken Owens (Scarlets) (82 caps) Elliot Dee (Dragons) (40 caps) Ryan Elias (Scarlets) ) (19 caps) Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby) (31 caps) WillGriff John (Scarlets) (Uncapped) Tomas Francis (Ospreys) (57 caps) Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (148 caps) Adam Beard (Ospreys) (25 caps) ) Will Rowlands (Dragons) (10 caps) Ben Carter (Dragons) (3 caps) Seb Davies (Cardiff Rugby) (9 caps) Christ Tshiunza * (Exeter Chiefs) (Uncapped) Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (48 caps) Thomas Young * (Wasps) (3 caps) Taine Basham (Dragons) (3 caps) Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Rugby) (11 caps) Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) 31 caps) Taulupe Faletau * (Bath Rugby) (86 caps)
BACKS (17); Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby) (25 caps) Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (62 caps) Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (7 caps) Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys) (27 caps) Rhys Priestland (Cardiff Rugby) (50 caps) Dan Biggar * (Northampton Saints) (92 caps) Callum Sheedy * (Bristol Bears) (12 caps) Johnny Williams (Scarlets) (3 caps) Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (91 caps) Nick Tompkins * (Saracens) (13 caps) Uilisi Halaholo ( Cardiff Rugby) (7 caps) Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby) (1 cap) Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby) (32 caps) Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby) (4 caps) Louis Rees-Zammit * (Gloucester Rugby) (9 caps) Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) (5 caps) Liam Williams (Scarlets) (71 caps)
* They will not be available for the game against New Zealand.