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Wales Squad for Six Nations 2020

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named his first Guinness Six Nations squad which features 38 players, including five uncapped.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named his first Guinness Six Nations squad which features 38 players, including five uncapped.

Prop WillGriff John, second-row Will Rowlands, centre Nick Tompkins and back-three duo Johnny McNicholl and Louis Rees-Zammit are all included in Wales’ 2020 Guinness Six Nations squad as they look to defend their Grand Slam and Six Nations title.

Rhys Carre, Rob Evans and Wyn Jones are the three loose-heads named with Leon Brown, Dillon Lewis and John the three tight-heads.
Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias and Ken Owens are the hookers included.

Jake 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 Aaron 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 (who made his first appearance for Wales in the uncapped match against the Barbarians in November) join the experienced group of Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, George North, Josh Adams, Owen Lane, Jonah Holmes, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams.

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

5 replies on “Wales Squad for Six Nations 2020”

Don’t know quite a few in the Welsh squad, but Pivac hasn’t let the Pohutukawa trees grow under his feet by signing Tompkins under the slumbering Eddie’s nose. Presume Patchell & Anscombe are injured? It’s been mentioned here previously by one the erudites that Wales are skinny on locks, AWJ apart, so may be informative to view how this chosen crop do in the 6N. If their engine room is under gunned, they could struggle when it counts, but we’ll see. Seem to have a decent b/row available with Felatau back along side Tuperic & maybe Navidi. Unsure if the fr row can dominate though? May need some work done here, or they’ll have get the ball in & out fast. Could be exposed, esp away though. Back line looks sound. Will they prosper in the 6N? Maybe. Haven’t looked, but they may a couple of toughies away & so may struggle a bit. However, it I were Welsh, I’d be a mite moe optimistic with Pivac at the helm than I would be about Ireland with Farrell now running the show. Again, we’ll see.

I agree rules is rules but it doesn’t stop the usual one eyed nonsense

Many are unhappy with the rules. I for one don’t like the grandparents rule. Parent sure as you could be born on holiday or while your parents were working abroad but if you have not lived if your parents were both born outside a country and so were you then you are not from that country and should be required to qualify via 5yrs residency


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