Scotland and Wales name their Six Nations squads
Josh Adams and James Davies in Wales squad as Scots name four uncapped players
Josh Adams of Worcester Warriors has been named in the Wales squad for the upcoming Six Nations. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
Adams has been in prolific try-scoring form for Aviva Premiership club Worcester this season, while Davies — brother of Wales and British and Lions centre Jonathan Davies — has been a consistent performer for the Scarlets.
The squad, announced by the Welsh Rugby Union, also includes the likes of Northampton wing George North and Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau, who are both currently sidelined through injury.
The squad also includes Gloucester back-row forward Ross Moriarty, who has played just two games this season following a long injury absence, and Bath outhalf Rhys Priestland, who currently has a hamstring problem.
There are no places, though, for Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts or Bath lock Luke Charteris.
Wales kick off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Cardiff on February 3rd.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “It is an exciting opportunity for the two new caps.
“James’ form over the last couple of years has been impressive. He is in a competitive area, but we look forward to seeing what he can do.
“For Josh, it’s a great opportunity. He’s been on great form, and the back-three is somewhere we are looking to create depth in.
“We have included a couple of players who are carrying injuries. With Taulupe (Faletau), we are hoping he will be available towards the end of the campaign, and Rhys (Priestland) picked up a knock at the weekend, so we will see where he is at.
“It’s useful to have these experienced guys around camp and to have them included and to work with them.”
Meanwhile Scotland coach Gregor Townsend named four uncapped players and recalled several experienced ones in his 40-man squad.
Fullback Blair Kinghorn, scrumhalf Nathan Fowles, and props Murray McCallum and D’Arcy Rae were called up with long-serving scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw and lock Richie Gray among those returning to the fold.
Laidlaw, Gray and centre Mark Bennett, who have 142 caps between them, last played for Scotland in the 2017 Six Nations before suffering injury problems.
“We welcome Blair Kinghorn into our group for the first time . . . and also three of our most experienced players in Richie Gray, Greig Laidlaw and Scott Lawson,” Townsend said.
“We are looking forward to working with them and the rest of the squad to ensure that we build on the momentum the players generated in 2017.”
Back-row forward John Barclay will continue to captain Scotland, who will be confident ahead of the tournament after victories over Australia and Samoa in November along with a narrow defeat by New Zealand.
Backs: L Williams (Saracens), G North (Northampton), L Halfpenny (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets), A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), H Amos (Dragons), J Adams (Worcester), S Williams (Scarlets), O Williams (Gloucester), O Watkin (Ospreys), H Parkes (Scarlets), R Priestland (Bath), R Patchell (Scarlets), D Biggar (Ospreys), G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), R Webb (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets), A Davies (Scarlets).
Forwards: R Evans (Scarlets), W Jones (Scarlets), N Smith (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), S Lee (Scarlets), D Lewis (Cardiff Blues), K Owens (Scarlets), E Dee (Dragons), S Baldwin (Ospreys), A Beard (Ospreys), B Davies (Ospreys), S Davies (Cardiff Blues), C Hill (Dragons), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Davies (Scarlets), T Faletau (Bath), E Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), R Moriarty (Gloucester), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys).
Backs: Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby), Greig Laidlaw (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby)
Forwards: John Barclay (captain, Scarlets), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby), David Denton (Worcester Warriors), Cornell Du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Toulouse), Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Murray McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Gordon Reid (London Irish), D’Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).