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Anscombe makes Wales squad

January 20, 2015 15:34:40 UK

New Zealand-born fly-half Gareth Anscombe is one of four uncapped players named in the Wales squad ahead of the Six Nations.

The 23-year-old, who qualifies for Wales through his mother, has impressed with the Cardiff Blues since leaving Super 15 outfit the Chiefs.

Anscombe is joined by fellow rookies prop Rob Evans, hooker Kristian Dacey and centre Tyler Morgan in the preliminary 34-man squad.

Meanwhile Gloucester fly-half James Hook and veteran tight-head prop Adam Jones are just two of the more experienced players who have failed to make the cut.

Gatland feels he has the balance right between youth and experience in the squad and is looking forward to the start of the Six Nations, with Wales at 4.50 to be crowned champions.

He was quoted by the BBC, saying: “It’s great to be able to name such an experienced squad that also boasts some exciting young talent.

“The four uncapped players have all been going well for their respective regions and it will be good to see them in this environment and we hope they take the opportunity.

“They come into a squad packed with experience and that experience will be important to us over the next eight weeks and the year as a whole.”

FORWARDS: Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Bath), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), James King (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

BACKS: Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Tyler Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon).

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