Wales World Cup squad: Rhys Patchell & Cory Hill in Warren Gatland’s final 31 for Japan
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Rhys Patchell will be Wales’ after being named in Warren Gatland’s final squad.
Despite being sidelined with a fracture in his leg, lock Cory Hill is included.
There’s center Scott Williams, or no place for Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rob Evans.
Evans was choice throughout Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam effort but Saracens’ Rhys Carre makes the plane after making his debut.
Tomas Francis, nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis and Wyn Jones will be the other props. Jones will cover either side of the scrum with just two tight-heads selected.
Ken Owens, who is heading to his third World Cup Dee along with Ryan Elias would be the 3 hookers from the group.
“Selection is always the toughest part of this project and that is especially true include RWC time,” said Gatland.
“Reducing the squad down to 31 has been extremely hard especially once you look at the depth we have created and the total amount of work the training team have set in.”
Hill isn’t expected to be available for the beginning of Wales’ effort, which commences on 23 September from Georgia.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old gets the nod in the second-row alongside Adam Beard, Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones.
Wales have named six back-rows at Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric and James Davies.
Gatland has chosen 18 forward and 13 backs in his own squad.
Gareth Davies, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams are named as the scrum-halves.
Centre Owen Watkin was given the nod while Hallam Amos is chosen in the rear three ahead of Owen Lane who scored on his debut.
Hadleigh Parkes, jonathan Davies and Watkin are the centres in the group, with Liam Williams comprised as choices, Amos, Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Josh Adams.
Are Lane Jonah Holmes, Steff Evans, Scott Williams, Jarrod Evans, Rob Evans, Lee, Leon Brown and Bradley Davies.
“We’re really happy with the last 31, we feel there’s a great blend to the team, in terms of talent, experience and age profile and we’re incredibly excited about heading to Japan and what lies ahead,” Gatland added.
“These players have performed and delivered for Wales and have the chance to represent their country at the game’s showpiece tournament”
What started as an protracted training set of 42 players had been reduced by two accidents to number eight Taulupe Faletau and fly-half Gareth Anscombe.
Wales begin their World Cup campaign in Japan against Georgia on Monday, 23 September at Toyota City before pool matches against Fiji, Australia and Uruguay.
Props: Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Rhys Carre (Saracens), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues).
Hookers: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets).
Second-rows: Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Cory Hill (Dragons), Jake Ball (Scarlets).
Back-rowers: Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), James Davies (Scarlets).
Scrum-halves: Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Aled Davies (Ospreys).
Fly-halves: Dan Biggar (Northampton), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets).
Centres: Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).
Back 3: Liam Williams (Saracens), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Ospreys), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues.
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