Warren Gatland breaks new floor by naming Wales co-captains for Rugby World Cup

Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake have been named as Wales co-captains for the Rugby World Cup.

The Ospreys forwards will lead a squad that features current worldwide newcomers in wing Rio Dyer, centre Mason Grady and prop Corey Domachowski.

But there is no such thing as a place for scrum-half Kieran Hardy, with Wales head coach Warren Gatland deciding to pick out simply two nines in Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies.

Gatland has chosen a break up of 14 backs and 19 forwards for the match, with Fiji looming as opening opponents in Bordeaux on September 10.

Fly-half Gareth Anscombe and quantity eight Taulupe Faletau have received Gatland’s vote within the closing 33-strong group regardless of not that includes throughout Wales’ three-game August schedule as a consequence of accidents.

And he has named Lake, who’s at the moment recovering from a knee harm, and his fellow hooker Ryan Elias (hamstring), plus lock Dafydd Jenkins (knee), who at 20 is the squad’s youngest participant.

Centre George North, in the meantime, will head to his fourth World Cup, placing himself in illustrious firm alongside the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw.

North and his midfield colleague Grady may present wing cowl, with Gatland choosing 5 back-three gamers – Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams and Dyer.

Also heading to France are Scarlets centre Johnny Williams, who watched the final World Cup 4 years in the past from a hospital mattress whereas he was handled for testicular most cancers, Scarlets fly-half Sam Costelow and former England prop Henry Thomas.

Thomas, whose father is from Swansea, received seven England caps in 2013 and 2014, however new World Rugby rules allow gamers to seem for one more nation both of their delivery, father or mother or grandparent offered a minimal three-year interval has elapsed since final being chosen elsewhere.

Other gamers from Gatland’s coaching group who didn’t make the ultimate squad embody Ospreys wing Alex Cuthbert, Gloucester centre Max Llewellyn, Cardiff prop Keiron Assiratti, Ospreys lock Rhys Davies and Scarlets back-row ahead Taine Plumtree.

Jac Morgan will co-captain Wales alongside Dewi Lake on the 2023 Rugby World Cup

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Gatland stated: “The toughest part of the job is always selection and this is particularly the case when it comes to picking a Rugby World Cup squad.

“Over the past three months the whole group of 48 players in the wider training squad have been outstanding in terms of attitude and effort, so having to reduce the squad down to the final 33 has been really hard.

“There have been some close final decisions in the last 36 hours.

“But we can only take 33 players and those we have selected we think offer a good combination in terms of talent and experience.

“We have a few more training sessions here in Wales before we depart for France on September 3 and we cannot wait to get out there and get started in this tournament. We look forward to what lies ahead for this group.

“This will be a very proud moment for these players, their families and friends and I would like to congratulate them all on the achievement.”

On appointing Morgan and Lake as co-captains, Gatland added: “They complement each other well. They are good mates as well.

“It is a good opportunity and something I have never done before. Both of them have a big future ahead of them.”

There are loads of leaders within the squad who say their opinion and get stuff going

Jac Morgan

Morgan, in the meantime, stated: “There are loads of experienced players in the squad.

“There are plenty of leaders in the squad who say their opinion and get stuff going. Dewi is great as a captain. He captained the (Wales) Under-20s. When something needs to be said, he will say it.

“I would never have thought this would have happened four years ago. It is great to be here with Dewi.”

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