Stephen Jones

Age
33
Position
Outside-half
Club/Region
Scarlets
Height
6ft 1
Weight
14st 7
Caps
100

Major injury doubts surround the record cap holder going into the tournament after calf trouble has plagued him for a month. No longer first choice but Lions stalwart can still provide vital experience.

Tavis Knoyle

Age
21
Position
Scrum-half
Club/Region
Scarlets
Height
6ft 1
Weight
14st 5
Caps
5

Impressed in first start against Argentina in August and will provide back-up to Phillips. The Scarlets scrum-half will need to grow up quickly though with Wales choosing to ignore experience of 76-times capped Dwayne Peel.

Toby Faletau

Age
20
Position
No.8
Club/Region
Dragons
Height
6ft 2
Weight
17st 5
Caps
3

The Dragons youngster is an exciting but raw prospect who could break through at the World Cup. Offers a different more dynamic alternative to the experience of Ryan Jones and Andy Powell and could be useful impact player.

Adam Jones

Age
30
Position
Prop
Club/Region
Ospreys
Height
6ft
Weight
18st 10
Caps
70

Wales simply can't function without their Lions tight-head lynchpin. After already losing Matthew Rees and possibly Gethin Jenkins, it is imperative Jones stays fit in New Zealand if Wales are to have quarter-final ambitions.

Luke Charteris

Age
27
Position
Second-row
Club/Region
Dragons
Height
6ft 9
Weight
19st 10
Caps
25

Hard-working lock will travel to New Zealand as the third second-row looking to break up the first-choice partnership of Davies and Jones. The Dragons giant has all the physical credentials to impose himself at international rugby. He just needs to use them now.

Lloyd Williams

Age
21
Position
Scrum-half
Club/Region
Blues
Height
6ft
Weight
13st 9
Caps
1

Son of former Wales and Lions scrum-half Brynmor, Lloyd has overcome the more experienced challenge of Peel and Blues rival Richie Rees. Most naturally talented of three scrum-halves in the squad and will be hoping for chance to show this.

Leigh Halfpenny

Age
22
Position
Wing
Club/Region
Blues
Height
5ft 10
Weight
13st 2
Caps
20

Recovering from an ankle injury so quickly to make this World Cup is Halfpenny's biggest achievement. Has had to see George North take his Wales jersey but the Lions wing could yet figure in his favoured full-back position in New Zealand.

Aled Brew

Age
25
Position
Wing
Club/Region
Dragons
Height
6ft
Weight
15st 2
Caps
7

Perhaps the surprise inclusion in the Welsh backline after Warren Gatland decided to take 14 backs to New Zealand. The Dragons powerhouse will be hoping for a chance to translate regional form onto the national stage.

Andy Powell

Age
30
Position
No. 8
Club/Region
Sale
Height
6ft 4
Weight
18st
Caps
18

The Lions tourist was the surprise inclusion in the back-row party after his try-scoring exploits against Argentina gained him selection ahead of Martyn Williams and Josh Turnbull. Needs to prove he is not travelling to New Zealand just to keep spirits high off the field.

Bradley Davies

Age
24
Position
Second-row
Club/Region
Blues
Height
6ft 6
Weight
19st 1
Caps
24

The Blues second-row established himself as the Welsh enforcer over the last 18 months. Wales will need Davies to take this to another level at the World Cup if they are to compete against the juggernaut pack of South Africa and tough Samoans and Fijians.

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