Cardiff have taken a 32-man travelling squad down to South Africa for games against the Lions and Stormers as the United Rugby Championship returns this weekend.
The Blue and Blacks have been able to call on six members of Wales’ autumn internationals squad for the trip, as Rhys Carre, Kirby Myhill, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Rhys Priestland, Ben Thomas and Owen Lane have flown down to the southern hemisphere after being in Wayne Pivac’s side over the last few weeks.
They have been joined by Corey Domachowski and Max Llewellyn, who both went off injured against the Dragons last time out, Jamie Hill, who suffered a jaw injury playing for the Rags, and Aled Summerhill, who has yet to feature for the first team after a wrist injury and a covid isolation.
Also included are academy members Theo Bevacqua at loosehead prop and Gwilym Bradley in the back row, but there is no place for the likes of Will Davies-King, Olly Robinson, Alun Lawrence, Sam Moore, Lewis Jones or Jason Tovey.
James Botham is also absent as the back rower has suffered a foot injury while on the way back from shoulder surgery that he underwent over the summer. Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Willis Halaholo and Josh Adams will all remain in Cardiff after the autumn internationals to prepare for the start of the Heineken Champions Cup.
The Blue and Blacks get the South Africa trip underway against the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday, 2pm kick-off UK time, before facing the Stormers in Cape Town the following Saturday, 5.45pm kick-off UK time.
Cardiff squad for SA
Forwards: Rhys Carre, Brad Thyer, Corey Domachowski, Theo Bevacqua, Kirby Myhill, Kris Dacey, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, Keiron Assiratti, Scott Andrews, Matthew Screech, Rory Thornton, Teddy Williams, Josh Turnbull, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Will Boyde, Gwilym Bradley, James Ratti
Backs: Lloyd Williams, Ellis Bevan, Jamie Hill, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Priestland, Ben Thomas, Max Llewellyn, Garyn Smith, Owen Lane, Harri Millard, Jason Harries, Aled Summerhill, Hallam Amos, Matthew Morgan