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)
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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