Ospreys forward Aaron Jarvis has got his first call-up to the Wales squad

Last Updated: 22/10/12 1:38pm

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Rob Howley: Gives first call up to Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis

Rob Howley: Gives first call up to Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis

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Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis has been handed his first call-up to the Wales squad for the autumn internationals.

With coach Warren Gatland preparing for the Lions tour, caretaker Rob Howley will be in charge for Tests against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia next month.

He has included fit-again Jamie Roberts, who missed the summer tour because of injury, and there are also returns for Scarlets pair Rob McCusker and Tavis Knoyle and Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar, who was outstanding against Leicester on Sunday.

But, as expected, there is no recall for London Welsh fly-half Gavin Henson.

Dan Lydiate (ankle), Exeter prop Craig Mitchell (biceps) and Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones (shoulder) miss out because of injury.

Jarvis, signed by the Ospreys from Bath last year, is rewarded for his excellent start to the season.

Howley said: "We are really pleased with the strength and depth of the squad, with some pleasing individual performances over the last three or four weeks.

"But we all understand and realise the skill, physicality and intensity will go up over the next five weeks.

"This is one of the reasons we are going back to our training camp in Poland to sharpen minds and bodies.

"Argentina are first up, and after the experience they have gained in the Rugby Championship they will be a challenging and tough opponent, but this is a challenge we will look forward to.

"We know how important momentum is going into any series, and the bigger picture is the Rugby World Cup draw at the beginning of December, and how we perform against the Pumas, Samoa, the All Blacks and the Wallabies will have a direct effect on our seeding in that draw."

Backs: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), G North (Scarlets), H Robinson (Cardiff Blues), A Beck (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), D Biggar (Ospreys), J Hook (Perpignan), R Priestland (Scarlets), T Knoyle (Scarlets), M Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues).

Forwards: S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), R Bevington (Ospreys), P James (Bath), A Jarvis (Ospreys), G Jenkins (Toulon), A Jones (Ospreys), R Hibbard (Ospreys), K Owens (Scarlets), M Rees (Scarlets), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Perpignan), I Evans (Ospreys), A-W Jones (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), R Jones (Ospreys), R McCusker (Scarlets), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), J Turnbull (Scarlets), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt).

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