Wales add Shingler, Dollman to squad

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:14
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SQUAD UPDATE: Scarlets loose forward Aaron Shingler and Exeter Chiefs fullback Phil Dollman have been called up to the Welsh squad for their upcoming Tests against Tonga and Samoa in June.

The duo will only link up with the squad following their respective Pro12 and Premiership Finals. The call-ups have been made in light of injuries to uncapped Cardiff Blues back Rhun Williams and Ospreys forward James King. 

"The two players coming in have been in excellent form lately and we're looking for them to bring that level of performance with them.

"They'll be arriving with their tails up having made it to those Finals, so it should be a boost for them as well as us," Wales head coach Robin McBryde said.

Despite the disappointment of losing players to injury ahead of next week's camp in North Wales - which will culminate in a Friday night match against RGC 1404 at a sold-out Parc Eirias - McBryde says he and his coaching team expect such setbacks as they prepare for Tests against Tonga on June 16 and Samoa on June 23. 

"You have to account for injuries in this game - especially at this stage of the season - so we're not shocked when these things happen. It's a big blow for the players who are missing out, but for someone like Rhun, who's only 19 years old, he's got plenty of time to make his mark with Wales. 

"We've got a young squad, but we're not treating this as a development tour. We're going to the southern hemisphere to win two Tests, so the selection has to reflect a balance between potential and performance, and the new players will have to reach the high levels of expectation we have of them," he added.