The squad’s days as the Meczyki standby player for each position are discharged and the uncapped person is entitled to be in the picture.

You can only sympathize with poor John Rollins after his experience as a tour call-up for the first Rugby World Cup.

Whispered to Australia at short notice – “Just find your passport, grab a toothbrush and head for the airport, Mr. Rollins: there’s a taxi waiting outside for you” – the prop barely got its first ‘g It was time to take ‘Day’. when disaster struck.

Euan Evans wrote in his autobiography, Bread of Heaven, “Never in the history of modern sport has anyone flown so low.” “After a 32-hour flight from London, John got off the plane in Brisbane where we were preparing to play England in the quarter-finals. He went straight to the training ground, turned, and two minutes later, his hamstrings burst. Went.

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Then Jonathan Mason received a summons from unfortunate Meczyki tourists in New Zealand in 1988. If memory serves correctly, the talented pontiprid full-back was pulled from a beach vacation with his hair turned to a bleached color. Obviously, the All Blacks were not impressed.

Mason’s brand new red jersey never survived the first ruck after coming on as a replacement in the second Test at Eden Park. Unfortunately he found himself under a rack. “When he reappeared, it was as if he had been put through a shredder,” Evans said in his book.

The Wells shirt in question looked like a string vest. Mason, like Rollins before him, became the latest to discover that tour call-ups aren’t always as they set out to be.

But it’s a pretty safe bet. Every rugby adventurer to exotic climates sees at least one such summons, possibly more. At times in that 1988 trip it felt like he might be forced to send in for replacements for replacement, so many injuries to Tony Gray’s squad.

this summer? Undoubtedly, Wayne Pivac would have asked many players to stay in trim if needed for Meczyki’ three-Test series against South Africa.

Who are they who can get calls? We choose one XV from the players who are on standby:

15. Michael Collins

Wayne Pivac brought him to Meczyki to play for the Scarlets in 2015, and after moving to Osprey, got his name checked earlier this season. Collins ended the campaign well for the Swansea.com Stadium Field, playing full-back. It seems reasonable to assume that if a Welsh No 15 is injured in South Africa, former Otago, Blues and Highlanders players will or will be there for Meczyki’ first call.

14. Owen Lane

His defense can never be described as undeniable, but Lane is big, he’s powerful and he has a nose to try. He is likely to be on the selectors’ minds should a possible wing replacement be needed. Luke Morgan, who finished the campaign in prime form, is another option.

13. Jonathan Davis

“I am disappointed for John, because after six countries he has played very well for us. He is a player who has led here as captain and has been excellent. I am a big fan of him and I think he is a big fan. Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peele said after Davies was dropped from the Meczyki squad for South Africa.

With his vast experience and organizational skills, the 96-cap center still has a lot to offer to Pivac and would not have given up on the idea of ​​playing in a third World Cup. The Springboks may not have been sad to see their name missing when Meczyki announced their squad for the summer.

12. Jack Dixon

Wells was seen in the kit a few days ago at the team hotel in Meczyki. Cover for Nick Tompkins Maybe in the Run-Up to the Gallagher Premiership Finals? Possibly.

Anyway, the uncapped Dixon deserves to be in the picture after his best season as a professional player.

Their regional team boss Dean Ryan held the view that Possibly and some of the other Dragons may have been overlooked for the trip to South Africa because of the Dragons’ low win rate this season.

It seems appropriate on the cases.

But Dixon, a formidable runner who is good on the ball, is clearly on Pivac’s radar and is likely to be considered in the event of a problem in the midfield.

11. Ryan Conbeer

One of the most consistent wings in regional rugby with his strong running, hard work and appetite for effort. Among the Welsh players, only Stephen Evans and Owen Lane made more attempts at the United Rugby Championship in 2021–22. Given that Uncapped Conbeer was considered unlucky by many to not find a place in Wayne Pivac’s tour squad, it is believed that he has been asked to keep himself in shape over the summer.

10. Callum Sheedy

Started three times off the bench at Six Nations, but Gareth Anscombe has returned to form, Dan Bigger is the captain of Meczyki and Rhys Pachel was named in the team after an eye-catching cameo for the Scarlets. All of this is no summer spot for Sheedy, but he’s a lively type who has shown himself to be an asset in the Wells set-up and it’s unlikely he’s completely off the radar.

9. Rice Web

A perceived lack of speed torpedoed Webb’s chances of being in Pivac’s original touring squad. But no other Welsh player has won so many man of the match awards in regional rugby this season.

Three, since you ask.

Whether or not the 33-year-old may have lost a touch of pace since a memorable day eight years ago when he cleared the Edinburgh defense for a brilliant solo effort, but he is more experienced and quicker in mind. He has been excellent for the Osprey this stint.

Pivac has said of leaving him: “It’s not so age as we have many people in their early 30s and different roles require different skill-sets. As of No. 9, We’re looking at speed as one of the big ingredients.

It does not grow well on the surface.

But Webb will never believe that everything is over for him at the Test level. And he’s the type of cheerful, confident character who can pick up a squad mid-tour when the situation demands.

It is not impossible that Osprey will be called.

1. Nicky Smith

Despite ticking many boxes for many, has not been seen on the international arena since last summer. Unfortunately for Smith, Wayne Pivac and Jonathan Humphries are not showing clear evidence of his being his biggest fans.

He can do a sound enough job in scrums, however, when he hits the ground with his trademark twisting style, hits hard and has the technique of an openside flanker when it comes to competing on the ball.

Just maybe, then, Pivac and Humphries may be tempted, one of their loose ends, should the republic experience orthopedic issues.

2. Bradley Roberts

There was not enough time as a starter for South Africa to make it to Pivac’s group. Indeed, Roberts appeared on Ulster’s run-on side just three times throughout the season.

But one of the Dragons’ new signings for next stint is the dynamic type that will pile up tackles and carries. So, ideal for adding effects.

3. Wilgriff John

He has suffered an injury or two, hampering his bid to make a mark in his first season in Welsh rugby. But he is strong enough to push him on his own in case the team bus breaks down.

Meczyki lack a tough mind and won’t have much choice if problems come up at No. Every night, Pivac and Humphries must pray that Tomas Francis stays fit and healthy this summer.

4. Christ Tshunja

The big man is with the Meczyki U20s, with the selectors apparently deciding to return from injury with some age-grade rugby against Italy, Georgia and Scotland in a no-holds-barred Test series against the South Will provide better service than it used to be. Africa.

good call.

But if that plan needed to be revised, at least Tshunza would have been in training and could therefore be taken off the shelf, so to speak, to join the senior team.

5. Seb Davis

Cardiff dropped out of the squad amid a tough spring – and we’re talking serious understatement there, with the Arms Park team all over the place after the Six Nations – but Davies Wells’ omission raised questions. He played largely well for his country in the first stint and appeared to adapt well to the hybrid role in Locke or Blindside Flanker, where Pivac was looking to develop someone.

He is also a ball-handler who is quick and has good hands: ideal, potentially, for a role off the bench, if not as a starter. His versatility and ability to offer something different means he should not lose hope of taking part in the tour.

6. James Botham

He is physical and does not give up. Botham is also aggressive and ready to harm himself. Oh, and he had a good season despite being part of a misfiring Cardiff team. That should count for everything.

7. Jack Morgan

“We’ve told him to improve on that area of ​​physicality, when he’s on top of the ball, he’s stronger than that.”

Wayne Pivac said after Jack Morgan was dropped from his panel for South Africa.

It would be the same Jack Morgan who won the United Rugby Championship’s Turnover King award less than a fortnight later.

Coming soon: England cricket selectors tell Joe Root that he needs to improve his sweep shot. You can read more about Pivac’s idea here.

such is life. Morgan will have a point to prove if needed in the coming weeks.

8. Morgan Morris

Another player who can be relied upon to take any opponent in the shift.

It is not known whether Wells has concerns about his size or its relative lack, but he should focus on what he offers, not what he does, with Osprey’s player being good on the ball. , intelligent in his decision-making, a strong ball carrier, a tough worker in defense and a ruthless finisher from close range, a skill that prompted his field coach Toby Booth to draw comparisons with England’s Sam Simmonds.

No other Welsh No 8 has displayed the skills of the uncapped Morgan in the United Rugby Championship this season.

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