Flyhalf Dan Biggar will captain a Wales squad in the 2022 Six Nations that includes three uncapped players and is missing a number of experienced names through injury as coach Wayne Pivac’s side look to retain the title they won last year.
Hooker Dewi Lake was called up for the first time along with back rowers Jac Morgan and James Ratti.
“With the World Cup looming next year, every game will be important for development on the road to France,” Pivac said in a Welsh rugby media release on Tuesday.
He would no doubt much prefer to have his opinion after strong team to choose from, than 18 months before the World Cup to bleed younger players.
Biggar will lead the team in the absence of lock Alun Wyn Jones, who along with propman Elliott Dee, whore Ken Owens, back rowers Taulupe Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi and Justin Tipuric, and full-backs George North and through injury Leigh Halfpenny is out.
“With a lack of experience dealing with some injured players, we wanted someone who had experienced the competition on a number of occasions and knew the rigors,” Pivac said of Biggar.
“That’s what he gives us – he has 95 caps in Wales and has toured with the British and Irish Lions. Dan has the respect of the other players and management so we think he’ll do a great job.”
The squad will gather for training on Monday, with Wales’ opener against Ireland on 5 February in Dublin.
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