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Warren Gatland names Wales squad for autumn internationals

Warren Gatland has included uncapped Jonah Holmes and Luke Morgan in his squad for Wales’ autumn schedule.

The Wales head coach also named his back row department that is without the services of Taulupe Faletau, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi and James Davies owing to injuries.

It is among the backline, however, where Gatland has made decisions of note with the naming of Leicester wing Holmes and Ospreys wing Luke Morgan.

Former Yorkshire Carnegie and Wasps back Holmes qualifies for Wales through a grandparent, and has bagged ten tries since the start of last season.

Holmes will face competition from ex-Wales 7s star Morgan who has formed a double-threat for the Ospreys on the wing with George North.

Without talismanic number 8 Taulupe Faletau through a broken arm, Ross Moriarty stands to fill in at the tail of the scrum while Dan Lydiate, Ellis Jenkins and Aaron Wainwright are all named by Gatland.

Competition is fierce at fly-half with Gareth Anscombe’s form for Cardiff Blues putting a marker down to Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell.

Wales squad for autumn internationals

Forwards: Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Ellis Jenkins, Dan Lydiate, Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright

Backs: Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes, Luke Morgan, George North, Liam Williams

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