Exeter prop Tomas Francis and Bath second-row Dominic Day have been rewarded for their performances in the warm-up fixtures against Ireland with a place in Wales’ 31-man squad for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Yorkshire-born Francis, who qualifies for Wales through his grandmother, impressed on debut in Saturday’s 16-10 win against the Irish at the Aviva Stadium.
Former Scarlets player Day earned his one and only cap in the defeat to Ireland in Cardiff three weeks earlier.
While tight-head prop Francis and Day can look forward to their first Rugby World Cups, record-breaking loose-head Gethin Jenkins is on the verge of appearing at his fourth tournament.
Jenkins became the most-capped prop is test history on Saturday, passing Jason Leonard’s previous landmark after making his 120th appearance for the Dragons in Dublin.
The 34-year-old is one of 12 players to survive from Wales’ agonising 9-8 semi-final loss to France at RWC 2011. Sam Warburton, who was sent off that day, will lead the side as Wales look to go one better and make their first ever final at England 2015.
Injured duo Samson Lee, who tore his Achilles during the Six Nations in March, and Liam Williams (foot), are both included.
Bristol playmaker Matthew Morgan has taken advantage of Gareth Anscombe’s ankle ligament problems to claim the third fly-half spot, while Cardiff Blues centre Cory Allen gets the nod despite not featuring in either of Wales’ two warm-up matches. Allen won the last of his two caps as a replacement in the 33-28 loss to Australia last November.
Wales will be hoping to put right that result when they conclude their Pool A fixtures with a game against the Wallabies at Twickenham on 10 October.
The Welsh will begin their campaign against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on 20 September before taking on England at Twickenham on 26 September and then Fiji back at the Millennium Stadium on 1 October.
Wales RWC 2015 squad
Forwards: Gethin Jenkins, Paul James, Aaron Jarvis, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Scott Baldwin, Jake Ball, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dominic Day, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Jake King, Talupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (captain), Justin Tipuric.
Backs: Gareth Davies, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Rhys Priestland, Jamie Roberts, Scott Williams, Cory Allen, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, George North, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Matthew Morgan.
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