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Warren Gatland has named his first Six Nations squad since his return as Wales coach: Ken Owens has been chosen as captain for the facet; Alun Wyn Jones, Liam Williams and Dewi Lake all return

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Ken Owens has been named as Warren Gatland’s captain

Returning Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named Alun Wyn Jones and Liam Williams in his 37-player squad for the Six Nations, with Ken Owens handed the captaincy for the event.

Dewi Lake additionally returns to the squad with Leon Brown, Rhys Carre, Rhys Patchell, Aaron Wainwright, Rhys Webb and Owen Williams additionally recalled.

Huge names equivalent to Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpenny and Taulupe Faletau are included, with Rhodri Jones, Rhys Priestland and Jonathan Davies all lacking out.

Nicky Smith and Morgan Morris additionally miss out on a name up after spectacular campaigns for Ospreys, with prop Gareth Thomas favored by Gatland.

Alun Wyn Jones is named in Warren Gatland's side after missing the Autumn Nations Series

Alun Wyn Jones is called in Warren Gatland’s facet after lacking the Autumn Nations Sequence

Gatland has additionally chosen to deliver some youthful faces into the facet with the uncapped Rhys Davies, Keiran Williams, Mason Grady and Teddy Williams all known as up.

Rhys Carre (Cardiff Rugby 17 caps) Wyn Jones (Scarlets – 45 caps) Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 17 caps) Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 8 caps) Ken Owens (Scarlets – 86 caps), Captain Bradley Roberts (Dragons – 3 caps) Leon Brown (Dragons – 22 caps Tomas Francis (Ospreys – 67 caps) Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 45 caps) Adam Beard (Ospreys – 41 caps) Rhys Davies (Ospreys – uncapped) Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs – 1 cap) Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 155 caps) Teddy Williams (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped) Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 95 caps) Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 6 caps) Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 4 caps) Justin Tipuric (Scarlets – 89 caps) Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs – 3 caps) Aaron Wainwright (Dragons – 36 caps)

Upon naming his squad, Gatland admitted he has named extra gamers than he normally would, however that his decision-making has been impacted by the upcoming World Cup in addition to his facet placing their greatest foot ahead within the Six Nations.

“We have some children which have are available in after which we have some older very skilled gamers that we have to handle,” Gatland stated.

“It is trying on the entire component for the squad and the way we get the steadiness proper, as a result of that is positively going to be a problem over the subsequent 10 months.

Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 16 caps) Rhys Webb (Ospreys – 36 caps) Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 40 caps) Dan Biggar (Toulon – 103 caps) Rhys Patchell (Scarlets – 21 caps) Owen Williams (Ospreys – 3 caps) Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped) Joe Hawkins (Ospreys – 1 cap) George North (Ospreys – 109 caps) Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 25 caps) Keiran Williams (Ospreys – uncapped) Josh Adams Alex Cuthbert Rio Dyer Leigh Halfpenny Liam Williams

Justin Tipuric and Biggar have been current captains for the Welsh facet however Gatland has opted for the vastly skilled Owens.

“Ken’s extremely skilled and a passionate Welshman – it means so much to him to play for Wales. He is additionally very fashionable with the gamers,” Gatland stated of the hooker.

Warren Gatland says he wouldn't have taken the Wales job if he felt he couldn't make a difference and looks ahead to the World Cup.

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Warren Gatland says he would not have taken the Wales job if he felt he could not make a distinction and appears forward to the World Cup.

Warren Gatland says he would not have taken the Wales job if he felt he could not make a distinction and appears forward to the World Cup.

“He got here again from damage and was completely excellent throughout the autumn marketing campaign. In all probability, for those who’re selecting a workforce in the meanwhile he is the primary in that place. However he’ll have some competitors with Dewi and Bradley as properly which goes to be nice.”

Gatland was reappointed as Wales head coach following the sacking of Wayne Pivac in December, a disastrous Autumn Nations Sequence marketing campaign, which included a house defeat in opposition to Georgia, prompting an inner assessment from Welsh Rugby Union.

  • vs Eire – Saturday February 4 (Cardiff)
  • v Scotland – Saturday February 11 (Murrayfield)
  • vs England – Saturday February 25 (Cardiff)
  • vs Italy – Saturday March 11 (Rome)
  • vs. France – Saturday March 18 (Stade de France)

Wales get their Six Nations marketing campaign beneath manner at house in opposition to Eire on February 4 earlier than a visit to Scotland (11 February) for his or her second match.

They then face England at house (25 February) earlier than heading to Italy (11 March) and France (18 March) for his or her last two ties.

Thomas joins Gatland’s teaching workforce

Throughout the Six Nations squad announcement, Gatland additionally confirmed former Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas as the ultimate member of his teaching workforce.

Thomas, who gained 67 Wales caps between 2003 and 2011, could have accountability for the contact space.

He joins fellow assistant coaches Alex King, Jonathan Humphreys, Mike Forshaw and Neil Jenkins.

Talking about his appointment Thomas stated: “I am delighted and honored to be a part of the teaching workforce.

“As a passionate Welshman my dream and ambition rising up was to play for Wales.

“Since ending taking part in and going into teaching my ambition has been to grow to be a part of the worldwide teaching arrange.”

Wales’ 37-player 2023 Six Nations squad

Forwards (20): Rhys Carre (Cardiff Rugby 17 caps), Wyn Jones (Scarlets – 45 caps), Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 17 caps), Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 8 caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets – 86 caps), Captain Bradley Roberts (Dragons – 3 caps), Leon Brown (Dragons – 22 caps), Tomas Francis (Ospreys – 67 caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 45 caps), Adam Beard (Ospreys – 41 caps), Rhys Davies (Ospreys – uncapped), Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs – 1 cap), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 155 caps), Teddy Williams (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped), Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 95 caps), Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 6 caps), Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 4 caps), Justin Tipuric (Scarlets – 89 caps), Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs – 3 caps), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons – 36 caps).

Backs (17): Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 16 caps), Rhys Webb (Ospreys – 36 caps), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 40 caps), Dan Biggar (Toulon – 103 caps), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets – 21 caps), Owen Williams (Ospreys – 3 caps), Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby – uncapped), Joe Hawkins (Ospreys – 1 cap), George North (Ospreys – 109 caps), Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 25 caps), Keiran Williams (Ospreys – uncapped), Josh Adams (Cardiff – 44 caps), Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys – 55 caps), Rio Dyer (Dragons – 3 caps), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets – 97 caps), Liam Williams (Cardiff – 81 caps).

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