Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, George North in the Wales squad for the South Africa tour; Dan Biggar continues as captain | Rugby Union News


“Dan Bigger is made captain. We obviously have great leadership in the group with Alun Wyn and Dan. Dan did well in the Six Nations and Al came back from a pretty big layoff. He’s had a bit of rugby and we want him to hit his braces and be the best player he can be.” – Pivac

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Dan Biggar will remain captain of Wales for their summer tour of South Africa

Wayne Pivac has named Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate and George North to his Wales squad for their three-Test tour of South Africa, live on sky sportswith Dan Biggar remaining captain.

Lydiate (knee) and North (knee) return after lengthy injuries, while Jones, 36, will not return to the captaincy despite returning in the Six Nations defeat to Italy after another injury to the shoulder.

There are also two uncapped players named in the squad, namely Cardiff’s James Ratti and Leicester Tigers’ Tommy Reffell.

Experienced center Jonathan Davies is a notable omission, while there’s also no room for flanker Jac Morgan, Seb Davies, Callum Sheedy, Rhys Webb or Owen Lane.

“We had players come back from injury like George North, so it’s exciting for the team,” Pivac said.

“Some players have been ruled out through injury, so naturally there will be change there. Then we looked at the form of the players, who we play, where we play – we have two games at altitude – and what our game plan will be when considering the selection.

Alun Wyn Jones is named to the team, but will not lead the team as captain

Alun Wyn Jones is named to the team, but will not lead the team as captain

“I spoke to Tommy Reffell before announcing the squad for the Six Nations. We watched Tommy carefully and decided to leave him out. He’s played really well since then, he’s been very consistent – one one of the most consistent players in the English Premiership so we think he deserves an opportunity and will be well tested on this tour.

“This three-Test series is going to be a challenge. It always has been, history shows that and that’s certainly what we’re looking to achieve – to get a win there, if not two, and win a series.

“The first two tests at altitude are going to be a challenge, so first and foremost we need to do a lot of preparation here in Wales before we go and make sure we are in the best possible shape to perform well.”

Wayne Pivac says Wales' three-Test series against South Africa will be a challenge

Wayne Pivac says Wales’ three-Test series against South Africa will be a challenge

On the captaincy, Pivac added: “Dan Bigger is appointed captain. We obviously have great leadership in the group with Alun Wyn and Dan.

“Dan played well in the Six Nations and Al came back from a pretty big layoff. He’s had some rugby and we want him to hit his straps as a second line and be the best player he can be and is focused on the game. He’ll naturally lead anyway, but certainly, he’s looking forward to this challenge.

Wales will face South Africa in the first Test at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday July 2, live on Sky sports.

From there, Pivac’s team travel to Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein (July 9) for the second test, before finishing the series at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday July 16, with both tests also Sky sports.

Wales’ 33-man squad will face South Africa in a three-Test series

Forwards (19): Rhys Carre (Cardiff Rugby – 16 caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets – 43 caps), Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 10 caps), Ryan Elias (Scarlets – 27 caps), Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 5 caps), Sam Parry (Ospreys – 5 caps), Leon Brown (Dragons – 22 caps), Tomas Francis (Ospreys – 64 caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 38 caps), Adam Beard (Ospreys – 34 caps), Ben Carter (Dragons – 6 caps) , Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 150 caps), Will Rowlands (Dragons – 18 caps), Taine Basham (Dragons – 10 caps), Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby – 89 caps), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys – 65 caps), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby – 30 caps), James Ratti (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped), Tommy Reffel (Leicester Tigers – uncapped)

Back (14): Gareth Davies (Scarlets – 67 caps), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 11 caps), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 33 caps), Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys – 31 caps), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints – 100 caps), Rhys Patchell ( Scarlets – 21 caps), George North (Ospreys – 102 caps), Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 20 caps), Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 31 caps), Johnny Williams (Scarlets – 5 caps), Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby – 39 caps ) ), Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys – 51 caps), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 16 caps), Liam Williams (Scarlets – 78 caps).

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