Wales v South Africa: Scarlets prop Harri O’Connor called up for Springboks tour
Scarlett’s mainstay, Harri O’Connor, has been summoned to Wales for three rounds of tests in South Africa.
O’Connor is the second stubborn Wayne Pivacto call him this month.
Former Arab paddler Sam Wainwright replaced injured 34-year-old Leon Brown.
Francis and Dillon Lewis are other experts.
Pivac announced that Francis has a back injury but believes the Osprey brace will be eligible for the first Test on July 2nd.
O’Connor has played in just nine games since making his debut against the Osprey on January 1, 2022.
He opened the game followed by eight substitutes.
O’Connor was part of the Bath Academy and completed the Welsh exile before signing with Scarlett.
He qualified for Wales through his father and Bonymaen. O’Connor attended Landover College before playing in Wales until he was 18 and up to 20 years old.
He gained experience at the British Championship at Nottingham in the 2020/21 season. Also, he played in Scarlett’s friendly match against the Dragons before playing his first competitive match.
With the addition of O’Connor Wainwright, the irregular number of South African players rises to four. Whereas, Leicester City, Tommy Reeve and Cardiff number eight, James Ratty, make up the four.
Pivac added that they have two young players on the squad who do not wear a kippah: “It is always a problem when things are not going well, but there are also opportunities for young players to learn and develop a lot.
Cardiff duo Tomos Williams and Josh Adams are safe on the trip after missing the 2021-2022 season due to injury, Pivac says.
Captain Dan Biggar will join the squad on Thursday along with other players from England.
Biggar recovered from a back injury in Northampton’s Premier League semi-final against Leicester City earlier this month.
The opening test will be in Pretoria between Wales and South Africa, with the other two games in Bloemfontein and Cape Town the following Saturday.