Wales star quits squad with immediate effect amid claim he felt 'disrespected' by Warren Gatland

Sam Parry of Wales (centre)
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Wales hooker Sam Parry has left the squad with immediate effect amid reports he felt "disrespected" by Warren Gatland.

Parry was called up to the initial squad earlier this month but is not part of the matchday 23 to face South Africa on Saturday. The Daily Mail report the 32-year-old was under the impression he was a full member of Gatland’s squad and in contention for a place on the summer tour to Australia. It says the player was surprised to learn earlier this week he was "only involved to help the team prepare for the tour".

The report claims Parry, who has seven caps for Wales, was given less kit than his fellow squad members when Wales met up for the first time this summer. It also alleges Wales’ other hooker options were discussed at a teem meeting, with Parry mentioned as an afterthought.

It's understood Parry departed the squad earlier this week. The WRU has been asked for comment.

Wales are set to be without injured hooker Elliot Dee for the tour, with Dewi Lake and Evan Lloyd being joined by rookie Efan Daniel in the squad.

Parry's exit is the latest in a number if changes this week, with Keelan Giles and Jac Morgan also out. Henry Thomas is injured for at least the South Africa game, while Cory Hill and Dillon Lewis are also struggling.

Wales play South Africa at 2pm at Twickenham on Saturday.