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Two uncapped players named in Wales squad for Six Nations

Uncapped duo Worcester wing Josh Adams and Scarlets flanker James Davies have been named in Wales' NatWest 6 Nations squad, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.

Josh Adams (L) and James Davies (R) have been named in Wales' squad for the Six Nations. Credit: PA

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.

Centre Jamie Roberts and lock Luke Charteris are left out.

Head Coach Warren Gatland's 39-man squad is larger than usual, because of fitness concerns over a handful of players.

It is an exciting opportunity for the two new caps. James’ form over the last couple of years has been impressive, he’s 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 selected a larger squad and it is an opportunity for us to work with a wider group and continue building for the next 18 months.

It's important to have a group of players who are used to the environment, know what is expected and are familiar with things and that will really benefit us going forward.

We have included a couple of players who are carrying injuries.

With Taulupe 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.Last autumn was about exposing and developing players as part of the two-year countdown to the RWC, the next couple of months are about testing those players in tournament rugby – we know how important the Six Nations is.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Wales squad for the 2018 Six Nations:

Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ken Owens (Scarlets) ,Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys) ,Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), James Davies (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys).

Backs: Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors), Hallam Amos (Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Steff Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Saracens).