WALES boss Wayne Pivac says that Dragons duo Harri Keddie and Ollie Griffiths are knocking on the door for Test honours despite being overlooked for the tour to South Africa.

The back rowers have missed out on selection for the three-Test tour against the Springboks despite impressing in a struggling side.

Uncapped grafter Keddie has been a model of consistency when captaining the side from blindside while Griffiths, whose solitary cap came with a brief cameo against Tonga in 2017, has played with typical dynamism.

Dragons boss Dean Ryan has frequently pushed the pair forward for international honours and they have the appetite for collisions needed against South Africans.

However, Pivac has opted to take blindsides Josh Navidi and Dan Lydiate, opensides Taine Basham and Tommy Reffell and number eights Taulupe Faletau and James Ratti.

“We rank the players on a regular basis and we have gone for specialists, two specialist 6s, 7s and 8s, although Josh can play across the back row,” said Pivac.

South Wales Argus: INFLUENTIAL: Dragons back rower Ollie GriffithsINFLUENTIAL: Dragons back rower Ollie Griffiths

“Unfortunately durability has been a big question for Ollie in the past, he is a fantastic player that we used against the Barbarians in game one back in 2019.

“He has been out of the game so much, more than he has been in, so for Ollie it’s really about having a big off season and making sure that he gets a run of games.

“In a tour like this, with 33 players, we need durable players than can be training day in and day out.

“Harrison is another player who has been featuring across the back row and in that role we have Josh Navidi, who has more experience. But he has played some very good games and has been in our discussions.”

Wales are without injured Dragons back rowers Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty along with Lions openside Justin Tipuric.

The inclusion of Leicester flanker Reffell is at the expense of Jac Morgan despite the Ospreys man being in sensational form in the United Rugby Championship.

“I had a good chat with Jac about what we want him to do in the off-season and that’s a big work-on in terms of what he can do in the strength and conditioning area,” said Pivac, who selected the flanker against Scotland, England and France in the Six Nations.

“In South Africa there are a lot of very big men. We’ve asked him to improve, if he can, in that area of physicality when he’s over the ball, being even stronger than he is.

“He’ll go away and work hard at his game, I know that. He’s a young guy and he’s desperate to get back into the side.”