Injuries take their toll as Warren Gatland selects four Cardiff Blues for the Autumn

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The Wales squad for this year’s Autumn Internationals was named by head coach Warren Gatland on Tuesday with four Cardiff Blues players included as debate flows over the selection as a whole.

After a fine performance against Lyon on Sunday, Dillon Lewis is one of four tighthead props included in the squad, while co-captain on the summer tour Ellis Jenkins is selected in ever competitive back row.

Tomos Williams retain his place in the Wales setup and will do battle with Gareth and Aled Davies at scrum-half, while he could be joined at half-back by the in-form Gareth Anscombe who can also cover full-back.

Unfortunately Seb Davies, Josh Navidi and Owen Lane were not considered for selection due to injuries, while the likes of Kris Dacey, Josh Turnbull and Jarrod Evans were overlooked in favour of more regular Gatland choices.

Gareth Anscombe England
Gareth Anscombe could be in line to get a chance at 10

Elsewhere in the squad there is surprise over the exclusion of Thomas Young, who has been starring for two years at Wasps, and Ollie Griffiths, who has been the main man at Rodney Parade so far this season, with Dan Lydiate and Aaron Wainwright getting nods instead.

Two names included in the squad from left-field are outside backs Luke Morgan and Jonah Holmes.

26-year-old Morgan only joined the Ospreys full-time this season after six prolific years with Wales Sevens on the World Series circuit, but has hit the ground running at the Liberty Stadium with four tries in five games so far, showing off an impressive set of wheels.

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Luke Morgan was a Wales Sevens regular for six years

Holmes, on the other hand, will likely be an unknown to many in Wales with his only previous connection to the country having been a short spell at London Welsh on loan from Wasps in 2012/13.

He left Wasps the following summer to join Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie, and after four high scoring seasons at Headingley, the 25-year-old joined Leicester where he scored 10 tries in 11 games from full-back last year.

Wales face Scotland outside the international window on the first weekend in November, meaning the English-based players will be unavailable, before the whole squad is eligible to face Australia, Tonga and South Africa.

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

Backs: Aled Davies (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Tyler Morgan (Dragons), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors), Steffan Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers), Luke Morgan (Ospreys), George North (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Saracens)

Under Armour Series Fixtures

Wales vs Scotland (November 3, kick-off 2.45pm)
Wales vs Australia (November 10, kick-off 5.20pm)
Wales vs Tonga (November 17, kick-off 2.30pm)
Wales vs South Africa (November 24, kick-off 5.20pm)

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