Wales coach Graham Henry has invited 36 players to attend a pre-Lloyds TSB Six
Nations Championship training camp at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel from
Sunday, 13 January, to Thursday, 17 January.
The official squad for the Championship, which sees Wales kick-off against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, 3 February, will be announced later in the month.
"It is vital that we get the players together for this period before the
Championship starts," said Henry.
"It will be the first time that Steve
Hansen, our new forwards coach, will have the opportunity to work with the
Welsh players and there is much ground to be covered.
"There are some notable ommissions from this training group and I have had
personal contact with each and every one of them to explain the reasons
The group contains four uncapped players - Cardiff wing Craig Morgan, Newport centre Andy Marinos, Pontypridd hooker Mefin Davies and Neath No 8 Nathan Bonner-Evans.
Kevin Morgan (Swansea)
Rhys Williams (Cardiff)
Dafydd James (Bridgend)
Mark Jones (Llanelli)
Gareth Thomas (Bridgend)
Craig Morgan (Cardiff)
Shane Williams (Neath)
Jamie Robinson (Cardiff)
Mark Taylor (Swansea)
Allan Bateman (Neath)
Stephen Jones (Llanelli)
Andy Marinos (Newport)
Iestyn Harris (Cardiff)
Lee Jarvis (Neath)
Gavin Henson (Swansea)
Dwayne Peel (Llanelli)
Gareth Cooper (Bath)
Robert Howley (Cardiff)
Scott Quinnell (Llanelli)
Martyn Williams (Cardiff)
Colin Charvis (Swansea
Gavin Thomas (Bath)
Nathan Bonner-Evans (Neath)
Brett Sinkinson (Neath)
Chris Wyatt (Llanelli)
Andy Moore (Swansea)
Ian Gough (Newport)
Nathan Budgett (Bridgend)
Craig Quinnell (Cardiff)
Chris Anthony (Newport)
Spencer John (Cardiff)
Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale)
Duncan Jones (Neath)
Robin McBryde (Llanelli)
Barry Williams (Neath)
Mefin Davies (Pontypridd)
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