Pivac looks to the future with 38-man autumn squad

Wayne Pivac has cast his eye on building towards the future after naming a 38-man squad for Wales’ busy autumn campaign.

Wayne Pivac has cast his eye on building towards the future after naming a 38-man squad for Wales’ busy autumn campaign.

His side contest their final 2020 Guinness Six Nations fixture at home to Scotland at Parc y Scarlets on October 31, having taken on France in a warm-up game exactly a week earlier.

Wales will then take part in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup, facing Ireland in Dublin on November 13 and then Georgia and England ahead of a play-off contest to determine their final standing in the competition.

It has been a frustrating Guinness Six Nations campaign for Wales so far this year, as they currently sit fifth in the table with just one win – against Italy in Round 1 – from their four matches.

But, Pivac has set about rejuvenating his squad by including seven uncapped players.

Among the exciting additions, two new forwards are named in hooker Sam Parry and back-row Josh Macleod, while five uncapped backs are included in Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy, Johnny Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit and Ioan Lloyd.

Meanwhile, three men who missed the opening four rounds of this year’s Guinness Six Nations return in the form of Tomas Francis, Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies.

“We are looking forward to getting back to international rugby and getting the squad together again,” Pivac said.

“This campaign is hugely important looking to the future and long term to the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

“We kick off the campaign with a game against France which will help prepare us for the re-arranged Six Nations match versus Scotland which is an important game and important we get a good performance from.

“We then go into the Autumn Nations Cup (ANC) which is an exciting tournament and a great opportunity for us.

“It is a chance for us to continue developing our game, give opportunities to players and test them at this level. It is ideal preparation for the all-important 2021 Six Nations which will come around quickly after the Autumn Nations Cup.”


Rhys Webb, Ospreys

Gareth Davies, Scarlets

Kieran Hardy, Scarlets*

Dan Biggar, Northampton

Rhys Patchell, Scarlets

Callum Sheedy, Bristol*

Owen Watkin, Ospreys

Nick Tompkins, Dragons

Jonathan Davies, Scarlets

Johnny Williams, Scarlets

George North, Ospreys

Josh Adams, Cardiff Blues

Louis Rees-Zammit, Gloucester*

Jonah Holmes, Dragons

Leigh Halfpenny, Scarlets

Ioan Lloyd, Bristol*

Liam Williams, Scarlets


Rhys Carre, Cardiff Blues

Wyn Jones, Scarlets

Nicky Smith, Ospreys

Ken Owens, Scarlets

Ryan Elias, Scarlets

Sam Parry, Ospreys*

Samson Lee, Scarlets

Dillon Lewis, Cardiff Blues

Tomas Francis, Exeter Chiefs

Leon Brown, Dragons

Alun Wyn Jones, Ospreys

Will Rowlands, Wasps

Jake Ball, Scarlets

Seb Davies, Cardiff Blues

Cory Hill, Cardiff Blues

Aaron Wainwright, Dragons

Ross Moriarty, Dragons

Taulupe Faletau, Bath

Josh Navidi, Cardiff Blues

Justin Tipuric, Ospreys

Josh Macleod, Scarlets*

*Uncapped players