Gloucester Rugby rising star Josh Hathaway earns Wales call-up

Twenty-year-old Josh Hathaway's meteoric rise for Gloucester Rugby in the second half of the 2023/24 season has seen the back called up to the senior Wales squad for the first time as part of a 36-player training squad announced today by head coach Warren Gatland.

Hathaway, who can play both full-back and on the wing, has been given more game time for the Cherry and Whites following the departure of fellow Welshman Louis Rees-Zammit who left both his club and country in the lurch back in January when he left rugby to pursue a career in the NFL, earning a contract with the Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs.

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A hat-trick away at Saracens in a losing side highlighted Hathaway's huge potential as an attacking force and he is now in line to earn his first cap with Wales who are playing three internationals and a friendly this summer, facing South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 22 June before heading for Australia on 26 June to play two Test matches against the Wallabies and a fixture against the Queensland Reds.

An updated squad of 34 players who will travel to Australia will be confirmed following the Springboks encounter.

Hathaway is one of four uncapped players in the squad along with Cardiff Rugby’s Ellis Bevan (scrum-half) and Jacob Beetham (full back), and winger Keelan Giles (Ospreys).

There is no place in the squad for Gloucester's arriving Welsh international halfback due Gareth Anscombe and Tomos Williams who are both still working their way back from significant injuries.

Gatland said: “We’ve selected a bigger squad because we don’t have the English club-based players available for the South Africa match. So we will be reducing the squad from 36 to 34 players for Australia.

“I think everyone appreciates and realises we’re building towards 2027. There were moments during the Six Nations where we played some really good rugby and put the opposition teams under some pressure, but we probably weren’t accurate enough.

“It’s about playing for longer periods, putting halves together and putting an 80-minute performance together which ultimately gives you confidence and gives you that opportunity to win games.

“We need to build on that. We need to keep working hard. We’ve got some experience to come back into the squad and some exciting players which is good.

“The big focus for us is about our game management and to get better with that. But we also want to improve our collision dominance whether that’s attack or defence and create some more depth and competition within the squad.”


Forwards (22)

Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Rugby – 10 caps)

Kemsley Mathias (Scarlets – 2 caps)

Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 30 caps)

Elliot Dee (Dragons – 51 caps)

Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 12 caps)

Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby – 2 caps)

Sam Parry (Ospreys – 7 caps)

Keiron Assiratti (Cardiff Rugby – 6 caps)

Archie Griffin (Bath Rugby – 1 cap)

Dillon Lewis (Harlequins – 57 caps)

Harri O’Connor (Scarlets – 1 cap)

Henry Thomas (Castres Olympique – 4 caps)

Ben Carter (Dragons – 11 caps)

Cory Hill (Secom Rugguts – 32 caps)

Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs – 17 caps)

Matthew Screech (Dragons – 1 cap)

Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs – 10 caps)

Mackenzie Martin (Cardiff Rugby – 3 caps)

Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 15 caps)

Taine Plumtree (Scarlets – 2 caps)

Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 18 caps)

Aaron Wainwright (Dragons – 48 caps)

Backs (14)

Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Rugby / Caerdydd – uncapped / heb gap)

Gareth Davies (Scarlets – 76 caps)

Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 21 caps)

Sam Costelow (Scarlets – 12 caps)

Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby – 11 caps)

Ben Thomas (Cardiff Rugby – 2 caps)

Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 36 caps)

Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 38 caps)

Rio Dyer (Dragons – 19 caps)

Keelan Giles (Ospreys – uncapped)

Josh Hathaway (Gloucester Rugby – uncapped)

Liam Williams (Kubota Spears – 89 caps)

Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped / heb gap)

Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby – 5 caps)


Saturday 22 June: South Africa v Wales

Twickenham Stadium

KO 14.00 BST

Saturday 6 July: Australia v Wales

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

KO 10.55h BST / 19.55h local time

Saturday 13 July: Australia v Wales

AAMI Park, Melbourne

KO 10.55 BST / 19.55h local time

Friday 19 July: Queensland Reds v Wales

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

KO 10.55 BST / 19.55h local time