Sam Wainwright replaces Leon Brown’s injured prop in South Africa’s Wales squad

Prop Sam Wainwright (centre) was signed by Saracens from RGC in 2019
Saracens signed Prop Sam Wainwright (center) in 2019 from RGC

After Leon Brown's injury, Wales has called up Sam Wainwright, uncapped Saracens player, for their South Africa tour.

After failing to heal a nerve issue in his shoulder, Brown, a Dragons tight-head, has been forced to withdraw.

Wainwright, 24 an ex-captain of Wales Under-20s, is seen here signed by English giants Saracens Get the nod from Welsh Premiership side RGC May 2019,

Wayne Pivac's Springboks team will be facing them in a three-Test series that takes place in July.

The Pretoria Test will be held on the 2nd of July, followed by matches in Bloemfontein on Saturdays and Cape Town on Saturdays.

Except for a brief season in second-tier English Championship, Wainwright made only three starts for Saracens. They played six games at Premiership Cup level, two in European Challenge Cup. After the Premiership season, Wainwright will start Wales duties.

He is the third uncapped player among the 33-strong squad. He joins Tommy Reffell from Leicester and James Ratti, Cardiff's number eight.

Wainwright represented Wales at U20s, but he is bilingual through his Welsh mother. The Bodelwyddan-born player looks ready to make Wales his international home.

Brown joins a long injury list that also includes Ken Owens and Willis Halaholo as well as Justin Tipuric, Ken Owens and Willis Halaholo.

Wales squad:

Forwards: Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Dewi Lake, Sam Parry, Sam Wainwright, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Will Rowlands, Alun Wyn Jones, Ben Carter, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, James Ratti, Taulupe Faletau, Taine Basham, Tommy Reffell.

Backs: Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar (capt), Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Patchell, George North, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Johnny Williams, Josh Adams, Alex Cuthbert, Louis Rees-Zammit, Liam Williams.

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