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Australia v Wales: Thomas and Hathaway set to start in Sydney

Australia v Wales: Thomas and Hathaway set to start in Sydney

Wales manager Warren Gatland named just one specialist opener, Costelow, in his summer squad, with Thomas and Cardiff team-mate Jacob Beetham acting as back-up.

Wales are looking for a successor to the retired Dan Biggar and the unavailable Gareth Anscombe, with Costelow starting four Six Nations games and the defeat against the Springboks.

Gatland says he was looking for more physical options as a 10-year-old and overlooked Ioan Lloyd for the Australia trip.

Thomas has only started once for Cardiff this season, making 16 appearances in his more natural centre-back position.

South African midfielder Tinus de Beer has started almost every game for the Arms Park side, while Callum Sheedy will join Cardiff from Bristol for next season.

Hathaway was called up to the Wales training squad for the summer tests, but was unavailable for the defeat to South Africa because the match took place outside the World Rugby international window, which ruled out players from England-based clubs.

Aberystwyth-born Hathaway, who represented Wales and England at Under-20 level, offers options at full-back and wing.

Wales decided to secure his services after Exeter winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was in a similar position earlier this season and decided to play for England.