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Pivac includes one uncapped player in 36-man squad ahead of Six Nations opener against Ireland

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

14:17 20 Jan 2021

Wales Rugby head coach Wayne Pivac has included just one uncapped player in his squad for this year's Six Nations Championship.

Scarlets back-row Josh Macleod looks set to make his international debut under Pivac during their 2021 campaign which opens with a match against Ireland in Cardiff on 7 February.

Macleod (main pic) had been selected in the squad last autumn but was subsequently ruled out of contention for selection because of a hamstring injury.

Prop Rhodri Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate are both recalled having last represented their country in June and November of 2018 respectively.

Despite much speculation, there is no room for Rhys Priestland with Cardiff Blues' Jarrod Evans instead being given the nod while Rhys Webb has been axed.

"We are hugely looking forward to meeting up as a squad on Monday and to the forthcoming campaign," Pivac said as Wales prepare to host Ireland in less than two weeks time.

"As we consistently spoke about, the autumn for us was about opportunity and development, looking ahead to Rugby World Cup 2023 and it served that purpose for us.

"This campaign is different, it is tournament rugby and we are excited to get going and play our part.

"We have picked a squad for this tournament based on form and we are excited to meet up on Monday and get our preparation underway."

The full Wales squad for Six Nations

Forwards: Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Rhodri Jones, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Will Rowlands, Cory Hill, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, Aaron Wainwright, Taulupe Faletau, Josh Macleod, Justin Tipuric.

Backs:Β Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Kieran Hardy, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Callum Sheedy, Johnny Williams, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, George North, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Louis Rees-Zammit, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams.

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