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Published: 18:32 | 19/1/16

Trio of 6N squads named

Welsh, Scots and French show hands

Wales, Scotland and France named their respective squads for the 2016 Six Nations Championship on Tuesday.

For the Welsh, Cardiff Blues wing Tom James has been recalled six years after his last appearance, with 23-year-old Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies the only uncapped player in the squad.

Blues forward Josh Turnbull has also been rewarded with a return to the fold.

"We have picked a larger squad than normal," said head coach Warren Gatland after announcing his 37-man panel. “We have a few injuries at the moment, those players aren't too far away from getting back on the field, and we are happy with the mix.

"We have selected a squad that rewards players' form as well as picking a lot of experience, and that continuity is important to us.

"Aled is someone who has been on the radar the last couple of years and his selection is reward for his form.

"Tom is playing very well for the Blues, and we have been impressed with Josh's performances recently."

Scotland, meanwhile, have omitted Glasgow Warriors flanker Ryan Wilson, who was cited for allegedly grabbing an opponent's testicles during the weekend's defeat to Northampton Saints.

"We made a decision with Ryan before he was cited," said coach Vern Cotter.

"We're happy with the way he has been improving but we feel that the (other) players are playing better than he is at the moment.

"I had a good talk with him last week. He is focusing on his game and he could come into contention as the competition goes on."

Fraser Brown, Richie Vernon and Jon Welsh are injured but Grant Gilchrist and Henry Pyrgos, who are also on the treatment table, will train with the panel.

Despite currently suffering from injuries, Mark Bennett, Peter Horne, Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser are included.

For France, the most notable aspect is the absence of Mathieu Bastareaud, although the 27-year-old Toulon centre had not been included in two recent meetings of potential squad members.

"We want to build a team who will be able to improve a lot and not take players who would not be with us in two or three years," said new coach Guy Noves.

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Six Nations squads

Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Paul James (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Dominic Day (Bath Rugby), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), James King (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain).
Backs: Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Tyler Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Tom James (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Matthew Morgan (Bristol Rugby), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

Forwards: Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets), Blair Cowan (London Irish), David Denton (Bath), Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh).
Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (London Irish), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens) Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Harlequins).

Forwards: Uini Atonio, Eddy Ben Arous, Antoine Burban, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Damien Chouly, Alessandre Flanquart, Kevin Gourdon, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Paul Jedrasiak, Wenceslas Lauret, Yoann Maestri, Louis Picamoles, Jefferson Poirot, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina.
Backs: Sebastien Bezy, Hugo Bonneval, Jonathan Danty, Jean-Marc Doussain, Alexandre Dumoulin, Benjamin Fall, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Remi Lamerat, Maxime Machenaud, Maxime Medard, Morgan Parra, Jules Plisson, Scott Spedding, Virimi Vakatawa.

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