Warren Gatland can call on Wales' Scarlets pair Jonathan Davies and Matthew Rees against New Zealand
Last Updated: November 20, 2012 1:22pm
Jonathan Davies: Set to boost Warren Gatland's selection
Warren Gatland's return to the helm of Wales has been given a boost with the news centre Jonathan Davies and hooker Matthew Rees are set to be available for this weekend's meeting with New Zealand.
Gatland, who masterminded a Welsh Grand Slam earlier this year, returns to his post as head coach of Wales for the next two games against the All Blacks and Australia in Cardiff after recovering from breaking both ankles in a fall.
Wales have lost five successive internationals in his absence, the latest a 26-19 defeat to Samoa at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night, and Kiwi Gatland takes over as boss from Rob Howley having been on British & Irish Lions duty over the previous two weekends.
Scarlets three-quarter Davies missed the defeats to Argentina and Samoa due to a groin injury, but is expected to take a full part in training ahead of the visit of the world champions.
His regional colleague Rees is also set to return after the hooker was left out against South Sea islanders due to a calf problem.
Adam Jones, Dan Lydiate, Alun-Wyn Jones and Josh Turbull have already been ruled out of the series, and Richard Hibbard, Dan Biggar and Ian Evans all picked up injuries against Samoa.
Ospreys hooker Hibbard is unlikely to feature again this autumn after injuring the AC joint in his shoulder.
Fly-half Biggar suffered a similar problem but his injury is considered less severe and it is hoped that with intense treatment he may yet play a part over the remainder of the autumn campaign.
Lock Evans took a blow to the knee and his injury will be managed during the early part of the week in an effort to ensure he is available for Saturday.
Blues lock Lou Reed and uncapped Scarlets hooker Kirby Myhill have been called in to train with the squad as injury cover.