Uncapped Cardiff fly-half Evans called up by Wales for autumn Tests

Uncapped Cardiff fly-half Jarrod Evans called up by Wales for autumn Tests

  • Wales have Tests against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa next month
  • Uncapped Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans has been called into Wales squad
  • He was already training with the squad but has now received an official call-up
  • WRU added that Scarlets’ Rhys Patchell is making progress following concussion

Uncapped Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans has been called into Wales’ squad for the autumn Tests.

Evans, 22, becomes the third international rookie in head coach Warren Gatland’s group, joining Leicester back Jonah Holmes and Ospreys wing Luke Morgan.

Evans, a former Wales Under-20 international, was already training with the squad.

Cardiff's Jarrod Evans has been handed a call-up to the Wales squad for their upcoming Tests

Cardiff’s Jarrod Evans has been handed a call-up to the Wales squad for their upcoming Tests

Evans will be in the squad for Tests against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa

Evans will be in the squad for Tests against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa

But he now gains an official call-up ahead of games against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa next month, the Welsh Rugby Union announced.

The WRU added that Scarlets fly-half Rhys Patchell continues to make progress with his rehabilitation following concussion.

It appears likely that Evans will be involved in Wales’ match-day 23 for the Scotland fixture on November 3.

His Blues colleague Gareth Anscombe is a clear favourite to wear the number 10 shirt, but Evans would be a strong candidate for the replacements’ bench, particularly as Northampton fly-half Dan Biggar is unavailable.

Gareth Anscombe is clear favourite to wear the number 10 shirt for Wales in upcoming games

Gareth Anscombe is clear favourite to wear the number 10 shirt for Wales in upcoming games

As the Scotland clash falls outside World Rugby’s autumn Test window, England-based players like Biggar, Saracens back Liam Williams and Worcester wing Josh Adams are ruled out.

After Scotland, Wales face the Wallabies on November 10, followed by Tonga seven days later and then South Africa on November 24.

Ospreys lock Bradley Davies, meanwhile, has been released from the Wales squad because of a knee problem.

Davies, who has won 64 caps, will undergo further investigation and assessments, the WRU said.

FULL WALES SQUAD FOR AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL SERIES

FORWARDS: Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (Captain), Ellis Jenkins, Dan Lydiate, Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright

BACKS: Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonah Holmes, Luke Morgan, George North, Liam Williams

WRU added that Rhys Patchell is making progress with his rehabilitation following concussion

WRU added that Rhys Patchell is making progress with his rehabilitation following concussion

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