Wales name November squad

Wales coach Warren Gatland has announced his squad for the Autumn Internationals and Dwayne Peel is the only non-Wales based player in the 29-man squad for the November Test series. However the Sale scrum-half will miss the first game against New Zealand on 7 November because of a player release row.

Craig Mitchell is the only tight-head, with no place for Scarlets prop Deacon Manu, who is a likley call-up for Fiji. The only man named who is yet to be capped is; Dan Lydiate.

The Lions tourists to South Africa Gethin Jenkins, Martyn Williams, Alun Wyn Jones, Matthew Rees, Andy Powell, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin Stephen Jones, James Hook, Shane Williams and Leigh Halfpenny all return. However Adam Jones, Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips were ruled out by injury, along with Ian Evans, John Yapp and Joe Bearman.

The captains armband will remain with Ospreys back-rower Ryan Jones who saw off the challenge of Alun Wyn Jones and Gethin Jenkins.

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones


Backs: Dan Biggar, James Hook, Shane Williams (Ospreys); Gareth Cooper, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin, Tom James, Leigh Halfpenny (Blues); Martin Roberts, Stephen Jones, Jonathan Davies, Mark Jones (Scarlets); Dwayne Peel (Sale).

Forwards: Paul James, Duncan Jones, Craig Mitchell, Huw Bennett, Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones (capt), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys); Gethin Jenkins, Bradley Davies, Andy Powell, Sam Warburton, Martyn Williams (Blues); Matthew Rees, Dafydd Jones (Scarlets); Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate (Dragons).