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Bradley Davies to captain Wales on tour of Japan

Bradley Davies will captain Wales next month in Japan

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Article Published: Wednesday 22 May 2013|

Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies has been named as captain of the Wales squad that will tour Japan next month under the guidance of interim head coach Robin McBryde.

Davies has not played for his country since being knocked out by a punch from New Zealand's Andrew Hore during a 33-10 loss to the All Blacks in November, having been ruled out of the Six Nations earlier this year with an ankle problem.

However, with several senior figures unavailable for Wales duty due to their involvement in the British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa, the 26-year-old has been handed the captain's armband.

There are nine uncapped players in the 27-man squad, with Dan Biggar the only player to have lined up in the Six Nations decider against England.

"We've had the training squad together for more than a week and we've been impressed," said McBryde.

"They have really put the effort in and stepped up as we have asked them to. Everyone in the training squad put their hand up for selection, making our jobs much harder.

"It's a chance for these players now to experience the international Test environment and put their marker down."

Wales are scheduled to play Japan twice, in Osaka on June 8 and in Tokyo on June 15.

Wales squad

Forwards: Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Rhys Gill (Saracens/ENG), Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Scott Andrews (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs/ENG), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Blues, capt), Lou Reed (Blues), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), James King (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Rob McCusker (Scarlets), Andries Pretorius (Blues)

Backs: Lloyd Williams (Blues), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Patchell (Blues), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Owen Williams (Blues), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys), Dafydd Howells (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Harry Robinson (Blues), Tom Prydie (Dragons), Steven Shingler (London Irish/ENG)

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