WALES boss Wayne Pivac says he has told Jonah Holmes where he needs to improve after overlooking the Dragons speedster twice for the autumn series.

Holmes missed the original selection for the four Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia after Pivac plumped for the Lions trio of Josh Adams, Liam Williams and Louis Rees-Zammit plus Owen Lane and Johnny McNicholl.

The back three was bolstered earlier this week because Williams is not yet fit after having his appendix removed while Gloucester's Rees-Zammit cannot play in the All Blacks game, but it wasn't the Dragons man that got the call.

Pivac instead opted for Alex Cuthbert, who is available for Test rugby again following his summer move from Exeter to the Ospreys.

The 31-year-old has not played for Wales since 2017 and made his return from injury a fortnight ago.

Holmes, meanwhile, has been a firm fixture in the Dragons XV and featured twice on the international stage last summer.

TRY: Jonah Holmes of Dragons dives over to score at Connacht

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The 29-year-old moved to full-back after Leigh Halfpenny's knee injury against Canada then started on the wing in the first Test against Argentina but got dropped for the second international.

Pivac initially said that Holmes had missed out in a straight shootout with Lane for a spot in the squad but then turned to Cuthbert as his next option, although there is no specialist back three cover on the bench to face New Zealand.

"We have spoken to Jonah and he is aware of what he needs to do," said the head coach.

"When we select the side we have a look at what went on in the last Six Nations, the summer campaign and the credentials that other people bring.

"We looked at the way this competition is panning out and Alex is one that we didn't select originally but has played two games for his club and, with Liam not quite making the start, have brought him in for cover.

"We will learn a lot more about where he is at with his game and we know a lot about Jonah. That's the decision-making process."

Pivac also explained why Wales have not bolstered their back row options, with lock Seb Davies providing cover against New Zealand because Ellis Jenkins is not available because of a rib injury.

"Ellis was a race against time and he just missed out," said Pivac. "He will be at the game and if we have an injury in the warm-up he will jump onto the bench."

Wales will have Bath's Taulupe Faletau and Wasps' Thomas Young available to face South Africa.