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Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Char­teris, Jake Ball, Seb Davies, Cory Hill THE es­tab­lished names will still be there, with skip­per Alun Wyn Jones an in­evitabil­ity, while Luke Char­teris and Jake Ball are likely to be named in the squad on Oc­to­ber24.

Cardiff Blues lock Seb Davies has cat­a­pulted him­self from po­ten­tial squad mem­ber to pos­si­ble starter with a num­ber of all-ac­tion, top­class per­for­mances.

Dragons’ cap­tain Cory Hill should take the fi­nal spot in the squad, with the sec­ond-row likely to see off the com­pe­ti­tion of Adam Beard.

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Aaron Shin­gler, Dan Ly­di­ate, Ross Mo­ri­arty, Ol­lie Grif­fiths, Thomas Young, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Fale­tau FOR so long an area of strength and sta­bil­ity, a num­ber of in­juries has seen this depart­ment look­ing as de­pleted as Theresa May’s slo­gan as it fell apart on the wall dur­ing the re­cent Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence.

Taulupe Fale­tau and Justin Tipuric are shoe-ins, while Glouces­ter’s Ross Mo­ri­arty now seems likely to be fit just in time.

Aaron Shin­gler looks set to be re­warded for some stun­ning form, while Dan Ly­di­ate may have enough credit in the bank to sneak back in after a year out with a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

It then comes down to Ol­lie Grif­fiths, Thomas Young and Josh Na­vidi – with the lat­ter prob­a­bly miss­ing out de­spite fea­tur­ing in the sum­mer, with Gat­land yet to per­son­ally pick the Cardiff Blues flanker in a Wales squad.

> Could Wales call-up Blues prop Ke­iron As­sir­atti?

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