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Wales still a threat without stars: Connolly

Wales still a threat without stars: Connolly

Wales will be a handful for Australia in their two-test rugby series in May and June despite the Welsh having chosen a substantially under-strength team, Wallabies coach John Connolly said Tuesday.
The 28-man squad named for tests in Sydney on May 26 and Brisbane on June 2 excludes as many as 18 players preparing for this year's Rugby World Cup in France.
Connolly, whose assistant coach Scott Johnson formerly coached Wales, said the Welsh would provide a stern test for Australia in a crucial leadup to their World Cup campaign.
"There's a lot of talent in Wales, and they've got a very even group of players," Connolly said. "We don't understand down here the depths of players in the northern hemisphere. Last year when England came out here I said at the time that team would make up most of their November test team and it did.
"They (Wales) will be a handful, mate."
Johnson said the Welsh squad includes several British and Irish Lions players, among them center Gavin Henson, winger Dafydd James, scrumhalf Gareth Cooper and loose forwards Michael Owen and Colin Charvis.
"The depth and strength of the system (in Wales) is probably the highest that its ever been," he said.
Players missing from the squad include captain and flyhalf Stephen Jones, winger Shane Williams, halfback Dwayne Peel and No. 8 Ryan Jones.


Updated : 2021-04-14 10:50 GMT+08:00