Giles set for Wales debut

Date published: November 14 2016

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley could hand teenage winger Keelan Giles his Test debut against Japan in Cardiff on Saturday.

Giles, who has scored eight tries for the Ospreys this season, was called up to Wales’ squad last week in place of the injured Hallam Amos and Howley hinted that the 18-year-old could line up against the Brave Blossoms.

“There could be an opportunity for him,” Howley told reporters.

“We will digest things in terms of some bumps and bruises. Keelan has been brought into the squad. He is someone who has obviously been fast-tracked. If you are good enough, it doesn’t matter about your age. We have shown that with other players. It’s important that we look after our side, but we will pick a strong team. Japan are a very good side. They want to play a fast open game, so it’s important we respect them.”

Wales are on a high after Saturday’s 24-20 win over Argentina, who registered a big win over Japan a fortnight ago. The win over los Pumas was a good response from Wales after their defeat to Australia in their previous match.

“It’s important that you celebrate wins,” added Howley.

“The players delivered – they were outstanding in their preparation. With the 23 players that were selected, it was important we put some pride back into that national jersey. I will never question the attitude of our players. Last week (against Australia), for whatever reason in that first half, we’ve never experienced that before. But in fairness to the players, they rolled their sleeves up and we were on edge. I think they deserve many accolades.”