Wales 2020 Six Nations squad announced

The Wales Six Nations 2020 squad has been announced by head coach Wayne Pivac.

Alun Wyn Jones has been picked to stay as team captain.

The 38 man squad will face Italy in the first round of this year's tournament on Saturday February 1.

Wales won last year's Six Nations tournament, the first time they claimed the title since 2013.

The Wales Women's Six Nations side was announced on Monday 13.

This year's team will include five uncapped players whilst team members WillGriff John, Will Rowlands, Nick Tompkins, Johnny McNicholl and Louis Rees-Zammit will all look to defend their Grand Slam and Six Nations titles.

Penarth-born teenager Louis Rees-Zammit will also feature in the team. Currently playing for Gloucester, he will turn 19 the day after their first Six Nations match.

Taulupe Faletau will return from injury to be included in the squad. His last Wales appearance was in the Six Nations two years ago.

Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Owen Williams and Rhys Webb will also return to represent Wales after last playing for the country in 2017.

The full Wales’ 2020 Six Nations Squad:Forwards (21)

  • Rhys Carre (Saracens) (6 Caps)

  • Rob Evans (Scarlets) (36 Caps)

  • Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (22 Caps)

  • Elliot Dee (Dragons) (29 Caps)

  • Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (9 Caps)

  • Ken Owens (Scarlets) (73 Caps)

  • Leon Brown (Dragons) (6 Caps)

  • WillGriff John (Sale) (*uncapped)

  • Dillon Lewis (Blues) (22 Caps)

  • Jake Ball (Scarlets) (42 Caps)

  • Adam Beard (Ospreys) (20 Caps)

  • Seb Davies (Blues) (7 Caps)

  • Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (134 Caps) - Captain

  • Will Rowlands (Wasps) (*uncapped)

  • Cory Hill (Dragons) (24 Caps)

  • Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (26 Caps)

  • Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (18 Caps)

  • Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (72 Caps)

  • Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (41 Caps)

  • Josh Navidi (Blues) (23 Caps)

  • Justin Tipuric (Osprey) (72 Caps)

Backs (17)

  • Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (51 Caps)

  • Rhys Webb (Toulon) (31 Caps)

  • Tomos Williams (Blues) (16 Caps)

  • Dan Biggar (Northampton) (79 Caps)

  • Owen Williams (Gloucester) (3 Caps)

  • Jarrod Evans (Blues) (3 Caps)

  • Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (25 Caps)

  • Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (*uncapped)

  • Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (22 Caps)

  • George North (Ospreys) (91 Caps)

  • Josh Adams (Blues) (21 Caps)

  • Owen Lane (Blues) (2 Caps)

  • Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) (*uncapped)

  • Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester) (*uncapped)

  • Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (3 Caps)

  • Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (85 Caps)

  • Liam Williams (Saracens) (62 Caps)

Head coach, Wayne Pivac, said a lot of thought had gone into the team decision and all the coaches were excited about the group.

It was announced in 2018 that Wayne Pivac would replace Warren Gatland as head of the Welsh side after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Credit: David Davies/PA Images

He added that he was "looking forward" to the campaign having grown up watching the Six Nations.

This will be Wales' first Six Nations Test under Pivac and his new coaching team. It was announced in 2018 that New Zealand-born, Wayne Pivac would replace Warren Gatland as head of the Welsh rugby side.

Gatland was Wales coach for 12 years.