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Dream team; Wales vs Barbarians

As Warren Gatland gets ready to name his squad for the game against the Barbarians, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan ponders who’ll be in and who’ll be out…

Richard Morgan names his Wales vs Baa Baas squad

With just four games left for players to prove themselves ahead of the World Cup squad announcement, next month’s game against the baa-baas is much more important than the traditional end of season chuckabout.

In fact, anyone performing well on June 4th could go some way to booking his place on the plane to New Zealand.

Of those who’ve put themselves in the frame since the Six Nations, none have been more impressive than Toby Falatau. The 20 year old back row of Tongan descent put in a performance beyond his years against the Ospreys, and Wales have been calling out for his athleticism and ball-carrying ability. Don’t be surprised if Falatau is in the starting team for the World Cup opener against South Africa on September 11th.

Another Dragon drawing praise for his performances is Aled Brew, the winger who’s been in fabulous form at Rodney Parade. With 15 tries to his name and an imposing physical style, he’s another who could get his chance against the baa-baas. The fact he occupies the same left wing berth as Shane Williams might count against him in the World Cup, but at 24 he has plenty of opportunities ahead of him.

Lots of people will be looking out for the names of Gavin Henson and Andy Powell, but I’d throw another Dragon into the mix: outside half Jason Tovey. A consistent performer for his region, and a good man to blood in the absence of James Hook, who’s getting married on the day of the game. With Stephen Jones in line to win his hundredth cap, I doubt Tovey will get that chance, but he’s surely someone to look at as the World Cup countdown continues.

Richard’s starting XV for Wales v Barbarians, June 5th

15. Morgan Stoddart

14. George North

13. Jonathan Davies

12. Gavin Henson

11. Aled Brew

10. Jason Tovey

9. Dwayne Peel

8. Toby Falatau

7. Sam Warburton

6. Dan Lydiate

5. Alun-wyn Jones

4. Ryan Jones

3. Adam Jones

2. Matthew Rees

1. Paul James

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