Ten Scarlets named in Wayne Pivac's Six Nations squad

15 Jan 2020
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Ten Scarlets have been named in Wayne Pivac’s first Guinness Six Nations squad.

Johnny McNicholl, who pulled on the jersey against the Barbarians last month, is one of five uncapped players in the 38-man party.

Scarlets captain Ken Owens, Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler, Gareth Davies, Hadleigh Parkes and Leigh Halfpenny were all part of Wales’ World Cup challenge in Japan, while Rob Evans - who was recalled against the Baabaas - is also included.

Sale prop WillGriff John, Wasps second-row Will Rowlands, Saracens centre Nick Tompkins and young Gloucester talent Louis Rees-Zammit are the other uncapped players named in the squad.

Rhys Carre, Evans and Wyn Jones are the three loose-heads named with Leon Brown, Dillon Lewis and John the three tight-heads.

Elliot Dee, Elias and Owens are the hookers included.

Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, captain Alun Wyn Jones, Cory Hill and Rowlands are named as the second rows.

Taulupe Faletau returns from injury to be included (Faletau’s last Wales appearance was in the Six Nations two years ago) along with back-row options of Shingler, Aaron Wainwright, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi and Justin Tipuric.

Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams and Rhys Webb, who last played for Wales in December 2017, are named as the three scrum-halves.

Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans and Owen Williams are included, Williams’ last appearance also coming in the autumn of 2017.

Backline options see the uncapped trio of Tompkins, Rees-Zammit and McNicholl join the experienced group of Parkes, Owen Watkin, George North, Josh Adams, Owen Lane, Jonah Holmes, Halfpenny and Liam Williams.

“We are really excited to be naming our Six Nations squad and kicking the campaign off,” said Wales head coach Pivac.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into selecting the squad, all of the coaches have been out and about, seeing players in training, speaking with them and we are pretty excited with the group we have got.

“Looking back to the Barbarians week, that was hugely important for us. We got a lot of ‘firsts’ out of the way, getting to meet and get in front of the players and having a game together was hugely beneficial.

“We do have a couple of injuries but we flip that into seeing it as an opportunity for some new players to impress, with not only the Six Nations in mind but also longer term and 2023.

“The Six Nations is hugely exciting for me, it is something I grew up watching from afar and it has such history attached to it, I’m really looking forward to the campaign.”

Wales’ 2020 Six Nations Squad

Forwards (21)

Rhys Carre (Saracens) (6 Caps)

Rob Evans (Scarlets) (36 Caps)

Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (22 Caps)

Elliot Dee (Dragons) (29 Caps)

Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (9 Caps)

Ken Owens (Scarlets) (73 Caps)

Leon Brown (Dragons) (6 Caps)

WillGriff John (Sale) (*uncapped)

Dillon Lewis (Blues) (22 Caps)

Jake Ball (Scarlets) (42 Caps)

Adam Beard (Ospreys) (20 Caps)

Seb Davies (Blues) (7 Caps)

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (134 Caps) (CAPTAIN)

Will Rowlands (Wasps) (*uncapped)

Cory Hill (Dragons) (24 Caps)

Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (26 Caps)

Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (18 Caps)

Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (72 Caps)

Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (41 Caps)

Josh Navidi (Blues) (23 Caps)

Justin Tipuric (Osprey) (72 Caps)

 

Backs (17)

Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (51 Caps)

Rhys Webb (Toulon) (31 Caps)

Tomos Williams (Blues) (16 Caps)

Dan Biggar (Northampton) (79 Caps)

Owen Williams (Gloucester) (3 Caps)

Jarrod Evans (Blues) (3 Caps)

Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (25 Caps)

Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (*uncapped)

Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (22 Caps)

George North (Ospreys) (91 Caps)

Josh Adams (Blues) (21 Caps)

Owen Lane (Blues) (2 Caps)

Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) (*uncapped)

Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester) (*uncapped)

Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (3 Caps)

Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (85 Caps)

Liam Williams (Saracens) (62 Caps)