Scarlets centre Scott Williams has been added to Wales’ Autumn Internationals after Tyler Morgan picked up an ankle injury playing for Dragons.
The 27-year-old was a surprise omission from Warren Gatland’s initial 36-man party, after playing a bit-part role for Scarlets this season, with club colleagues Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies given the nod ahead of him.
He will now join up with the squad at The Vale Resort though, after Morgan suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s 28-14 defeat to the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.
It’s a further blow for Morgan who has only won four Wales caps despite making his debut for the national side over two years ago against Ireland in a World Cup warm-up, with a spate of injuries keeping him sidelined.
Williams, who currently has 48 caps to his name, will now do battle with team-mate Davies, Gloucester’s Owen Williams and Ospreys’ Owen Watkin as the recognised centres in the squad, ahead of the first Autumn test against Australia in Cardiff on Saturday 11th November.
Warren Gatland has spoken of his desire to have a playmaker at 12, telling the BBC, “I have had a chat with [backs coach] Rob Howley about the 10/12 combination and what that’s likely to be, I am hoping we have the type of player.
“You have to have that person who can play with the speed of ball. I don’t think we have always had that individual. We have had individuals who can perform a certain way that has been good for us and get across the gain line and get quick ball.”
Hadleigh Parkes will not be available for Wales until the day of the South Africa game, when he qualifies on a residency basis, and has been released back to the Scarlets for their home fixture against Benetton Treviso on Friday.