Warren Gatland has named uncapped Leicester Tigers fullback Jonah Holmes in his squad for Wales’ upcoming Autumn Internationals.
Holmes, who was born in Stockport, England but qualifies for Wales through his grandparents, joined Leicester in 2017 following spells at London Scottish, London Welsh and Wasps. He scored 11 tries in his first 10 appearances for the Tigers and has made a further four appearances this season.
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Osprey’s winger Luke Morgan, who is Wales Sevens’ all-time points scorer, is the only other uncapped player to be the named in the 37-man squad for the November fixtures against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa.
Alun Wyn Jones returns to captain the side after missing Wales’ summer tour of the U.S. and Argentina, alongside Dan Biggar.
As expected, Bath’s Taulupe Faletau is not in the squad after breaking his arm earlier this month while there is also no place for Cardiff Blues’ Josh Navidi due to injury.
Seb Davies, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos and Owen Lane are the other injured players not included by Gatland.
“The two uncapped players in Luke and Jonah are both form, back-three players and we are looking forward to seeing them in this environment and seeing what they can do,” Gatland said.
“Some experienced players have missed out, the message to them is the door isn’t closed looking long term, it’s just a reflection of where we are depth wise and the opportunity to look at other players.
“A further eight players haven’t been selected due to injury, dependent on their recovery they could be called in at a later date.”
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