Wales' England-based stars to miss South Africa Test

Richard Hibbard and Jamie Roberts
Autumn international: Wales v Australia
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 8 November 2014 Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, HD, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV

Wales will have all their French-based players available to face South Africa on 29 November, but only George North of the England-based group can do so.

The clash falls outside the International Rugby Board window and teams outside Wales do not have to release players for it.

Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips, Luke Charteris and Jonathan Davies can take on the Springboks.

But Richard Hibbard, Paul James and Bradley Davies cannot.

North negotiated his own personal release for Wales duties when he joined Northampton from Scarlets in April, 2013.

Saints were fined £60,000 in December 2013, after North played for Wales against Australia outside the 2013 autumn window, but that sanction covered North's contract term at Franklin's Gardens.

Wales' autumn Tests
Saturday, 8 November: v Australia (14:30 GMT)
Saturday, 15 November: v Fiji (14:30 GMT)
Saturday, 22 November: v New Zealand (17:30 GMT)
Saturday, 29 November: v South Africa (14:30 GMT)
All games to be played at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Clermont Auvergne centre Davies has confirmed he is free to face the Springboks this time around.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said all his French contingent can face South Africa, so Davies could appear alongside Racing Metro's Roberts, Phillips and Charteris.

Hibbard will be with Gloucester, while James, who also faces Australia on Saturday in Wales' November opener, will be at Bath.

Wasps lock Bradley Davies will also not be in Wales' reckoning at that time.

Gatland added: "We released Luke Charteris back to Racing [Metro] this week, but he's available for the South Africa week.

"We've done a deal with Racing. The other French-based players are available to us

"We won't have the English-based players available for that last game against South Africa."

Top Stories