21 Nov 2011

Warburton retains Wales captaincy

5:50 am on 21 November 2011

Sam Warburton has retained the Wales captaincy for next month's one-off test against Australia at the Millennium Stadium despite being sent off during Wales semi-final loss to France at the Rugby World Cup.

The Wales coach Warren Gatland stuck with the back-rower as skipper even though Matthew Rees, last season's Wales captain, was in the squad after missing the World Cup through injury.

It appears though that Stephen Jones's international career could be over after the Scarlets' first five was left out of the 28-man squad.

Jones, who has won a Wales record 104 caps, was omitted with World Cup star Rhys Priestland set to start at number 10 with Ospreys stand-off Dan Biggar as his backup.

But while Jones misses out, wing star Shane Williams is set for one last Wales appearance before he retires from international rugby.

Williams, who has scored a Wales record 57 tries, has said he will call time on his Test career after the Australia match.

None of Wales's overseas-based players were available for selection.