Warren Gatland selects Welsh rugby squad for South Africa and Australia

Elliot Dee from Newbridge will be in the squad

Welsh rugby coach Warren Gatland has announced his training squad ahead of games against South Africa and Australia this summer.

The Welsh team has just come through a difficult Six Nations tournament in which they finished last without a win, despite some promising moments.

They have a chance to show signs of improvement against reigning world champions South Africa at Twickenham on June 22 before heading to Australia for two games to face the Wallabies.

Gatland has called up former Newbridge player Elliot Dee as well as his Dragons teammate Matthew Screech, formerly of Bedwas RFC.

Former Risca RFC winger Rio Dyer, who plays for the Dragons, will also travel with the team as he hopes to add to his 19th international cap.

The group:


Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Rugby)
Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets)
Gareth Thomas (Osprey)
Elliot Dee (Dragon)
Dewi Lake (Osprey)
Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby)
Sam Parry (Osprey)
Keiron Assiratti (Cardiff Rugby)
Archie Griffin (Bath Rugby)
Dillon Lewis (Harlequins)
Harry O'Connor (Scarlets)
Henry Thomas (Castres Olympique)
Ben Carter (Dragons)
Cory Hill (Secom Rugguts)
Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs)
Matthew Screech (Dragons)
Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs)
Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby)
Jac Morgan (Osprey)
Taine Plum Tree (Scarlet)
Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)


Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Rugby)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
Kieran Hardy (Scarlets)
Sam Costelow (Scarlets)
Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby)
Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby)
Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
Owen Watkin (Osprey)
Rio Dyer (Dragon)
Keelan Giles (Osprey)
Josh Hathaway (Gloucester Rugby)
Liam Williams (Kubota Spears)
Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby)
Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby)

After announcing the squad, Gatland said: “We have put together a larger squad because we are missing the English club players for the game against South Africa. Therefore, we will reduce the squad for Australia from 36 to 34 players.”

“I think everyone appreciates that and recognises that we are working towards 2027. There were moments during the Six Nations where we played really good rugby and put the opposition teams under pressure, but we probably weren't precise enough.

“It’s about playing for longer periods of time, holding halves together and delivering an 80-minute performance that ultimately gives you confidence and gives you the opportunity to win games.

“We have to build on that. We have to keep working hard. We have some experience to bring back to the squad and some exciting players, which is good.”

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