Wales pick uncapped Sheedy and Williams for autumn internationals

Wales turn to the English! Seven uncapped players are named in their autumn internationals squad including Callum Sheedy and Johnny Williams – who have both represented England

  • Wales have named uncapped Callum Sheedy and Johnny Williams in their squad 
  • Both players previously represented England in an exhibition game last summer
  • Williams scored a try while Sheedy came off the bench for the last five minutes
  • Wales face a friendly with France then conclude the Six Nations against Scotland

Wales have picked two uncapped players who have represented England for their autumn internationals squad – Callum Sheedy and Johnny Williams.

Cardiff-born Sheedy, 24, who also qualifies for Ireland, has been a star at fly-half for Bristol this year.

Last summer he appeared in an England XV exhibition match against the Barbarians for just five minutes off the bench.

Callum Sheedy and Johnny Williams have been picked for Wales after representing England

Wayne Pivac has named seven uncapped players in his squad for the Autumn internationals

Sheedy has consistently kept his cards close to his chest on his allegiance until now, but having been raised in the Welsh capital and selected by Wayne Pivac he is in line for a first Test cap for his home nation.

Williams, formerly of London Irish and Newcastle, played in that England v Barbarians game for just over an hour too, scoring a try.

The 23-year-old centre moved to the Scarlets in January having overcome testicular cancer. He qualifies via his father, who is from Rhyl.

Sheedy also qualifies for Ireland but played five minutes in an exhibition game for England

The pair are two of seven uncapped players in Pivac’s 38-man autumn squad.

Sam Parry, the 28-year-old Ospreys hooker, and Scarlets flanker Josh Macleod, 23, are included in the forwards and in the backs Kieran Hardy, the 23-year-old Scarlets scrum-half, Bristol’s 19-year-old full-back Ioan Lloyd and Gloucester flyer Louis Rees-Zammit, 19, are all in too.

Returning from injury are centre Jonathan Davies, prop Tomas Francis and playmaker Rhys Patchell.


Forwards (21): Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues, 8 Caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets, 25 Caps), Nicky Smith (Ospreys, 35 Caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets, 77 Caps), Ryan Elias (Scarlets, 13 Caps), Sam Parry (Ospreys)*, Samson Lee (Scarlets, 41 Caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues, 26 Caps), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs, 48 Caps), Leon Brown (Dragons, 10 Caps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, 138 Caps), Will Rowlands (Wasps, 1 Cap), Jake Ball (Scarlets, 46 Caps), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues, 7 Caps), Cory Hill (Cardiff Blues, 25 Caps), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons, 21 Caps), Ross Moriarty (Dragons, 45 Caps), Taulupe Faletau (Bath, 76 Caps), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues, 24 Caps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, 76 Caps), Josh Macleod (Scarlets)*.

Backs (17): Rhys Webb (Ospreys, 33 Caps), Gareth Davies (Scarlets, 53 Caps), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets)*, Dan Biggar (Northampton, 83 Caps), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets, 19 Caps), Callum Sheedy (Bristol)*, Owen Watkin (Ospreys, 22 Caps), Nick Tompkins (Dragons, 4 Caps), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets, 81 Caps), Johnny Williams (Scarlets)*, George North (Ospreys, 95 Caps), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues, 24 Caps), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester)*, Jonah Holmes (Dragons, 3 Caps), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets, 89 Caps), Ioan Lloyd (Bristol)*, Liam Williams (Scarlets, 63 Caps) 

Wales face France in a friendly on October 24, before concluding the 2020 Six Nations at home to Scotland.

Then they go into the newly devised Autumn Nations Cup in a group with England, Ireland and Georgia during November and December.

‘We are looking forward to getting back to international rugby and getting the squad together again,’ said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

‘This campaign is hugely important looking to the future and long term to the RWC in 2023.

Williams played in the same England exhibition game for an hour and even scored a try

‘We kick off the campaign with a game against France which will help prepare us for the re-arranged Six Nations match versus Scotland which is an important game and important we get a good performance from.

‘We then go into the Autumn Nations Cup (ANC) which is an exciting tournament and a great opportunity for us. It is a chance for us to continue developing our game, give opportunities to players and test them at this level. It is ideal preparation for the all-important 2021 Six Nations which will come around quickly after the ANC.’

Five players were unavailable due to injury – Rob Evans, Aaron Shingler, Tomos Williams, Owen Lane and Johnny McNicholl.

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