SCRUM-HALF Rhodri Williams has been recalled to the Wales squad for the summer test series - some seven years since his last cap.

The Dragons' number nine, a former pupil of Amman Valley Comprehensive School, has had a very long wait for his national call-up.

The last of his three caps came in March 2014, with a try-scoring cameo off the bench in Wales' emphatic 51-3 hammering of Scotland.

Aged just 20 at the time, the now-retired Mike Phillips was the first choice scrum-half and Williams was hoping to establish his place.

He had made his debut against Tonga the previous November, and went on the 2014 summer tour of South Africa, but wasn't involved.

His Scarlets team-mate Gareth Davies was preferred as the back up to Phillips, and Williams then slipped down Wales' pecking order.

A move to Bristol in 2016 kept him out of the limelight, as Rhys Webb, Lloyd Williams, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams overtook him.

His return to the Dragons in 2018 has reignited the selectors' interest, although the Scarlets' Kieran Hardy also broke through last autumn.

With Gareth Davies on British and Irish Lions' duty this summer, the opportunity has arose for Williams to once again stake his claim.

Whilst the 28 year-old has been recalled for this year's summer series, Rhys Webb has been overlooked and Lloyd Williams left out.

"Rhys (Webb) is coming back from injury, he is very experienced player and we know what he can do," said head coach Wayne Pivac.

"I had a good chat with Lloyd (Williams) and we also know what he can do on the pitch for us.

"Both of those guys are going to be entrenched in their 30s come World Cup time, so it is a last opportunity to have a look at Rhodri."

Kieran Hardy and Tomos Williams, who both featured in Wales’ Six Nations triumph, are named along with Williams as the scrum-halves.

Wales face Canada on 3 July with Tests against Argentina on 10 and 17 July, and the team is captained by the experienced Jonathan Davies.

Wales head coach Pivac added: "Canada will be a good first-up game for us, to put a team out and get back into the groove.

"Then there are going to be two big Test matches where we'll learn a lot about the new players, and the players who are stepping up.

"Argentina are probably at the best they've been for many years, so it's going to be a huge test for the squad that gets the opportunity to play."

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations Champions will face three home games against Canada and Argentina this July and Pivac has selected a squad that features experience as well as youth as he continues his preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.