A hard read about a terrible mistake.
Wales squad for 2020 Six Nations
Forwards: Rhys Carre (Saracens), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Leon Brown (Dragons), WillGriff John (Sale), Dillon Lewis (Blues), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (capt; Ospreys), Will Rowlands (Wasps), Cory Hill (Dragons), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Josh Navidi (Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys).
Backs: Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Webb (Toulon), Tomos Williams (Blues), Dan Biggar (Northampton), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Jarrod Evans (Blues), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), George North (Ospreys), Josh Adams (Blues), Owen Lane (Blues), Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester), Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Saracens).
I suppose most have already seen this but saw the Ireland post a felt a bit left out.
No doubt the inclusion of Rees-Zammit and the other the uncapped players are key discussion points but maybe the return of Rhys Webb, Owen Williams and Faletau may well have more significance when selecting the 23. Having said that, with Jonathan Davies and Watkin sidelined (and other centres off form or injured) the 13 position is really up for grabs therefore Tomkins must have a strong chance of playing. There has been talk of North (or even Adams) at 13 but switching positions (without a lot of practise) has to be a risk in my view. In addition with Francis injured WillGriff John could easily leapfrog Lewis and Brown. I only say that based on press reports that he can scrummage – which is always a good place to start for a prop – and certainly gives him an advantage over the others.
So the truth has finally come out – Howley was found guilty of making 363 bets over 4 years. That’s a bet every 4 days! Bottom line, banned from rugby for 18 months with 9 of those suspended. Makes it possible for him to return to the game in June 2020 (taking into account the 3 months of the investigation). Seems to me like a deep rooted problem for the fella, hope he can turn himself around.
Apparently he was using his WRU mobile to make the bets and lost £4,000!
Source Daily Mail
What we know so far…
– The allegations surround bets on rugby union, breaking World Rugby Reg 6
– Gatland and players decided Howley is to be replaced in the Wales squad by Stephen Jones
– He is provisionally suspended from rugby pending investigation
Gareth Thomas has finally come out and admitted he doesn’t know who the fuck Adam Beerd is!
It’s a Privilege to present the teams for Ireland vs Wales
Since Witts was too lazy to do it.
Jake Ball – Camberley | Scarlets (35 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Adam Beard – Birchgrove RFC | Ospreys (15 Caps)
Rhys Carre – St Joseph’s | Saracens (1 Cap)
James Davies – Whitland | Scarlets (5 Caps)
Elliot Dee – Newbridge RFC | Dragons (21 Caps)
Ryan Elias – Carmarthen Athletic | Scarlets (8 Caps)
Tomas Francis – Malton & Norton | Exeter Chiefs (42 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Cory Hill – Pontypridd | Dragons (24 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones – Bonymaen | Ospreys (127 Caps) (2007/11/15 RWC)
Wyn Jones – Llandovery | Scarlets (14 Caps)
Dillon Lewis – Beddau | Cardiff Blues (14 Caps)
Ross Moriarty – Morriston | Dragons (33 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Josh Navidi – Bridgend Athletic | Cardiff Blues (18 Caps)
Ken Owens – Carmarthen Athletic | Scarlets (66 Caps) (2011/15 RWC)
Aaron Shingler – Hendy | Scarlets (20 Caps)
Nicky Smith – Waunarlwydd | Ospreys (30 Caps)
Justin Tipuric – Trebanos | Ospreys (65 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Aaron Wainwright – Whiteheads RFC | Dragons (11 Caps)
Josh Adams – Hendy RFC | Cardiff Blues (13 Caps)
Hallam Amos – Monmouth RFC | Cardiff Blues (20 Caps)(2015 RWC)
Dan Biggar – Gorseinon | Northampton Saints (72 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Aled Davies – Whitland | Ospreys (19 Caps)
Gareth Davies – Newcastle Emlyn | Scarlets (43 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Jonathan Davies – Whitland | Scarlets (75 Caps) (2011 RWC)
Leigh Halfpenny – Gorseinon | Scarlets (81 Caps) (2011 RWC)
George North – Llangefni RFC | Ospreys (85 Caps) (2011/15 RWC)
Hadleigh Parkes – Hunterville |Scarlets (17 Caps)
Rhys Patchell – CRICC | Scarlets (12 Caps)
Owen Watkin – Bryncethin | Ospreys (16 Caps)
Tomos Williams – Treorchy Zebras | Cardiff Blues (8 Caps)
Liam Williams – Waunarlwydd | Saracens (56 Caps) (2015 RWC)
Wales select an experimental team.