Dragons prepare for foreign siege

Wales have named their 32-man squad for their November Test matches against Australia, the Pacific Islands, Canada and New Zealand.

Stephen Jones has been named as the captain. It was confirmed that the Llanelli Scarlets flyhalf will lead the side to the next World Cup, ousting former skipper and Toulouse player, Gareth Thomas.

22-year-old centre Gavin Evans is the only uncapped player in the squad for the autumn Tests while there were recalls for Grand Slam heroes Kevin Morgan, Tom Shanklin, Brent Cockbain and Ryan Jones.

Veteran loose forward Colin Charvis missed selection while Dafydd Jones, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Rhys Williams and Dragons prop Rhys Thomas were all ruled out by injury.

Wales Squad:

Backs: K Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), L Byrne (Ospreys), M Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys), Gareth Thomas (Toulouse), H Luscombe (Harlequins), T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), G Evans (Llanelli Scarlets), C Sweeney (Newport Gwent Dragons), G Henson (Ospreys), J Hook (Ospreys), S Jones (Llanelli Scarlets, capt), D Peel (Llanelli Scarlets), M Phillips (Cardiff Blues), G Cooper (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Forwards: G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), A Jones (Ospreys), D Jones (Ospreys), C Horsman (Worcester), R Thomas (Cardiff Blues), H Bennett (Ospreys), M Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), B Cockbain (Ospreys), I Gough (Newport Gwent Dragons), R Sidoli (Cardiff Blues), I Evans (Ospreys), A Wyn Jones (Ospreys), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), Gavin Thomas (Llanelli Scarlets), J Thomas (Ospreys), A Popham (Llanelli Scarlets), R Jones (Ospreys).