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Rhys Patchell would be Wales’ backup fly-half to Dan Biggar for its World Cup, after being called in the closing 31-man squad of Warren Gatland.
That means.
Despite being sidelined with a little fracture in his leg lock Cory Hill is included.
There’s no place for Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rob Evans, or centre Scott Williams.
Evans was choice during Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam effort but Saracens’ Rhys Carre gets the airplane after making his debut against the Irish.
Dillon Lewis, Tomas Francis, nicky Smith and Wyn Jones will be another props. Jones will cover each side of the scrum with two tight-heads chosen.
Ken Owens, who is heading into Ryan Elias along with his third World Cup Dee are the three hookers from the squad.
“Choice is the toughest aspect of the project and that’s particularly true come RWC time,” said Gatland.
“Reducing the team down to 31 has been exceptionally hard especially once you examine the depth we have created and the amount of work the coaching squad have set in.”
Hill isn’t predicted to be available for the start of Wales’ effort, which commences on 23 September from Georgia.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old gets the nod in the second-row alongside priest Alun Wyn Jones, Jake Ball and Adam Beard.
Wales have called six back-rows in Ross Moriarty James Davies, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric along with Aaron Wainwright.
Gatland has picked 18 forwards and 13 backs into his own squad.
Gareth Davies, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams are called the scrum-halves.
Although Hallam Amos is chosen in the rear three ahead of Owen Lane who scored on his debut, centre Owen Watkin was given the nod before Ospreys team-mate Scott Williams.
Hadleigh Parkes, jonathan Davies and Watkin will be the centers in the group, together with Amos, Josh Adams, Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Liam Williams included as collections.
Are Bradley Davies, Lane, Steff Evans, Scott Williams, Jarrod Evans, Rob Evans, Lee, Leon Brown and Jonah Holmes.
“We’re really satisfied with the final 31we feel there’s a great blend into the team, in terms of talent, age and experience profile and we are incredibly excited about heading to Japan and what lies ahead,” Gatland added.
“These players have delivered and performed for Wales and deserve the opportunity to represent their nation in the game’s showpiece tournament.”
What began as an training group of 42 players had been reduced by two injuries to fly-half Gareth Anscombe and number eight Taulupe Faletau.
Wales start their World Cup campaign in Japan from Georgia on Monday, 23 September in Toyota City before further pool matches from Fiji, Australia and Uruguay.
Forwards
Props: Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Rhys Carre (Saracens), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues).
Hookers: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets).
Second-rows: Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Cory Hill (Dragons), Jake Ball (Scarlets).
Back-rowers: Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), James Davies (Scarlets).
Backs
Scrum-halves: Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Aled Davies (Ospreys).
Fly-halves: Dan Biggar (Northampton), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets).
Centres: Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).
Back 3: Liam Williams (Saracens), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Ospreys), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues.
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