Thomas set for Wales debut against Canada

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Cardiff Blues playmaker Ben Thomas is set to make his Wales debut this weekend as he is named on the bench for the first game of the summer against Canada on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

The 22-year-old received a call-up after impressing in the Rainbow Cup during the end of the 2020/21 season, and looks like he will cover fly-half and full-back at the Principality Stadium after Wayne Pivac confirmed he was running at 10 and 12 during training last week.

In the starting XV there are nods for Dillon Lewis at tighthead prop, James Botham at openside flanker, Tomos Williams at scrum-half and Uilisi Halaholo at outside centre, while Josh Turnbull is back in a matchday 23 for the first time in three years as he covers second row from the bench.

Elsewhere in the squad Dragons lock Ben Carter and Scarlets winger Tom Rogers make their debuts in the starting XV, while Ospreys loosehead prop Gareth Thomas and Dragons back rower Taine Basham could win their first caps off the bench.

Jon Davies captains the side from inside centre as Elliot Dee makes just an eighth international start in 38 caps, Ross Moriarty is back for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, and Jonah Holmes starts for the first time since the 2019 Six Nations.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes, Uilisi Halaholo, Jon Davies (c), Tom Rogers, Callum Sheedy, Tomos Williams; Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Dillon Lewis, Ben Carter, Will Rowlands, Ross Moriarty, James Botham, Aaron Wainwright

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Gareth Thomas, Leon Brown, Josh Turnbull, Taine Basham, Kieran Hardy, Ben Thomas, Nick Tompkins

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