There is some cracking new Welsh talent emerging. Ged from The Attaching Scrum gives us the lowdown…
Thomas Young – Wasps – Flanker – The man making all the headlines in the English Premiership is one of the reasons that Wales have relieved Sam Warburton of his captaincy duties. Fast, mobile and terrific over the ball, he’s been described by Wasps back row colleague James Haskell as the most in-form player in England.
Ashton Hewitt – Dragons – Wing – We looked at the Dragons’ flyer earlier this month as one to watch and his form hasn’t let up, picking up a place in the squad. Although his team have found it hard going this year, the rapid winger has impressed with his speed, footwork and eye for a try.
Steff Evans – Scarlets – Wing – Another we highlighted has been rewarded for a series of eye-catching performances. Whether domestically or in Europe, Evans has look a constant threat with ball in hand. His ability to cover full back means that he stands a great chance of winning his first cap in the Six Nations.
Aled Davies – Scarlets – Scrum half – Had been struggling to get in Scarlets team for most of the season due to the presence of namesake Gareth Davies and the even more impressive Jonathan Evans. Was given the nod in the crucial game at home to Saracens and made the most of it by looking a constant threat around the fringes and setting up Scott Williams with a brilliant flat miss pass.
Owen Williams – Leicester – Fly half – Been knocking on the door for some time and his form this season has made the Welsh coaching set up take notice. Not captured by Gatland’s Law, the versatile outside half can also cover centre and is an out and out footballer.
Olly Cracknell – Ospreys – Flanker – An absolute animal of a back row forward has exploded on to the scene in the last few months. A huge ball carrying presence, mean in defence and smashes into rucks for fun, the former RGC product is another pushing for Warburton’s place in the side.
Rory Thornton – Ospreys – Lock – Been in the squad a couple of times but yet to make his debut. With new skipper Alun Wyn Jones, in form Jake Ball and ever reliable Luke Charteris all in the squad, Thornton adds further depth but may struggle to pick up the elusive first cap.
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