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Hooper praise as Wales pick Faletau

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Bath Rugby’s Taulupe Faletau has been in­cluded in Wayne Pi­vac’s 38-man Wales squad for the up­com­ing au­tumn cam­paign, which in­cludes seven uncapped play­ers.

Two uncapped for­wards are named in hooker Sam Parry and back-row Josh Ma­cleod, whilst five uncapped backs are in­cluded: Kieran Hardy, Cal­lum Sheedy, Johnny Wil­liams, Louis Rees-zam­mit and Ioan Lloyd.

Rugby World Cup squad mem­bers To­mas Fran­cis, Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies, who all missed the Guin­ness Six Na­tions cam­paign ear­lier this year, re­turn from in­jury to be in­cluded.

Wales will kick off their au­tumn fix­tures with a friendly in Paris against France to pre­pare for their re-ar­ranged Six Na­tions fi­nale against Scot­land at Parc y Scar­lets.

Pi­vac’s squad will then take part in the in­au­gu­ral Au­tumn Na­tions Cup, kick­ing the tour­na­ment off on Fri­day, Novem­ber 13th against Ire­land in Dublin be­fore fix­tures against Ge­or­gia and Eng­land, as well as the tour­na­ment’s play-off fi­nal on De­cem­ber 5th.

Di­rec­tor of Rugby Stu­art Hooper said: “Taulupe has now played a string of games and is lov­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play in our team.

“He’s a proven world class No. 8 and his call-up to the Wales squad again shows that. I look for­ward to see­ing Toby in a red jersey and adding to his 76 caps.”

 ?? Pics: Henry Browne/getty Im­ages ?? Jamie Ge­orge of Sara­cens is tack­led by Beno Obano on Satur­day
Pics: Henry Browne/getty Im­ages Jamie Ge­orge of Sara­cens is tack­led by Beno Obano on Satur­day
 ?? Pic: Harry Trump/getty Im­ages ?? Taulupe Faletau of Bath Rugby is tack­led play­ing against Glouces­ter Rugby ear­lier this year
Pic: Harry Trump/getty Im­ages Taulupe Faletau of Bath Rugby is tack­led play­ing against Glouces­ter Rugby ear­lier this year

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