So we know 33 players who will form the staff of Wales for this year’s summer tour of South Africa. But what will the team probably look like during the first test against the Springboks in Pretoria on July 2?
When you put together a probable XV, one thing will really stop you – it seems Wayne Pivac has closed the circle. During his two and a half years at the helm, he controlled at least 22 new players. Nevertheless, the party that could join Loftus Versfeld is strikingly similar to the one he inherited from Warren Gatland in November 2019.
Here is an extremely experienced XV that Pivac can choose to face the world champions.
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15. Liam Williams
Getting started is easy because Sanjay is the only professional extreme defender on the team, with injured Johnny McNicholl and Leigh Halfpenny. Fly-halves Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Patchell have the versatility to cover off-bench positions.
14. Louis Rees-Zammit
He responded well to the elimination of Wales in the middle of six nations. He was back on the team at the end of the championship and his form for Gloucester was simply sparkling. Alex Cuthbert, a fixture of the Gatland era, is a wing midfielder.
13. George North
Player Pivac has probably missed most of the lot this season. North’s conversion to the center worked so well, and in his absence it was a revolving door in position. I’m glad to see him back after more than a year, and the way he pushed for Ospreys was really impressive.
12. Nick Tompkins
One of Wales’ better players during the Six Nations, as his form for the Saracens has been excellent since returning from the Dragons. It just does the basics really well on both sides of the ball. He will compete with Owen Watkin and Johnny Williams for an inner middle bed.
11. Josh Adams
One of the many members of the team who is currently wounded due to an injury and suffered knee ligament damage early last month. I hope that he will recover in time and be able to concentrate on the wing, where he is one of the best on the world stage.
10. Dan Biggar
As he continues to be captain despite the return of fit Alu Wyn Jones, you can bet on Biggar starting in 10th place ahead of Anscomb and Patchell, just as he did practically throughout Pivac’s tenure.
9. Tomos Williams
He’s been gone for the last month after he injured his hand, but if he went through it, you’d expect him to wear number 9 over his two Scarlet rivals, with Pivac seeming to be the first choice for him after chopping and changing in a scrum. half.
1. Wyn Jones
Another doubt about the injury when Jones underwent knee surgery. Although fit for the first Test, he will still face stiff competition from Gareth Thomas, who finished in the Six Nations as a relaxed starter, and in the form of Rhyse Carre. But his overwhelming influence and experience of the Lions Test can bring him a nod against the ‘Hip.
2. Ryan Elijah
This is cramped, as Lake Dewi has been a discovery of the Six Nations in recent weeks and unique to Osprey. But Pivac trusted Elijah a lot, held him tight in the absence of Ken Owens, and he could do it again with Lak to give an impulse from the bench.
3. Tomas Frantisek
Such an important figure for Gatland in the post-Adam Jones era and just as crucial for Pivac now, serving as the cornerstone of the scrum. He may not receive the recognition he fully deserves for his 64-cap career. The mobile duo Dillon Lewis and Leon Brown compete for a place on the bench.
4. Adam Beard
He played every minute in the Six Nations when he was the main source of the Wales ball on the line, with 17 goals, while taking on a strengthened leadership role as deputy captain. The 6ft 9in lock was in good shape for the Ospreys during a recent derby.
5. Alun Wyn Jones
Choosing Jones over Will Rowlands against Italy simply seemed wrong, because Rowlands hadn’t played for five months and Rowlands was a Welsh Six Nations player – and it didn’t work. But Captain Lions now has more playing time, while Rowlands is currently injured.
6. Dan Lydiate
Pivac has always longed for a large, physical blind side, and the Gatland devotee Lydiate ticks it off. So even though he’s 34 now, he’s back on board after recovering from a severe knee injury, and he may get a nod just like he did last time he was available.
7. Josh Navidi
All attention was focused on the challenge for Tommy Refell without a hat and the omission of Jac Morgan, while Taine Basham was a poster boy for most of the international season. Still, it may have been forgotten that Navidi has actually been a starting openside in the last two games of Wales and his tough collision game can well see that it will continue.
8. Taulupe Faletau
His remarkable return was one of the real highlights of the six-nation’s overall disappointing campaign for Wales. Despite the long pause, it seemed as if he had never been gone, because the class was just dripping. Jamie Ratti’s capless carrier will serve as backup number 8.