Wales World Cup Squad Announced

Gareth Jenkins has named his 30 man squad for the Rugby World Cup and Gareth Thomas as skipper. Thomas will be part of a leadership group with Alun-Wyn Jones, Mike Owen, Jon Thomas, Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel. There were no major surprises form what had been expected and the full squad is:

Backs: Gareth Cooper, James Hook, Dafydd James, Mark Jones, Stephen Jones, Kevin Morgan, Sonny Parker, Dwayne Peel, Mike Phillips, Jamie Robinson, Tom Shanklin, Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Thomas (capt), Shane Williams.

Forwards: Huw Bennett, Colin Charvis, Ian Evans, Ian Gough, Chris Horsman, Will James, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Duncan Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones, Michael Owen, Alix Popham, Matthew Rees, Jonathan Thomas, T Rhys Thomas, Martyn Williams.

Of the squad, Stephen Jones and Shane Williams have fitness doubts, with Ryan Jones ruled out by injury and Gavin Henson and Richard Hibbard omitted from the Wales camp due to conditioning concerns.