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    Posted: 30 April 2019 at 9:42am
And here it is:

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Leon Brown, Rhys Carre*, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, James Davies, Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright.

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Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Scott Williams, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steff Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Owen Lane, George North, Jonah Holmes, Liam WIlliams.



So today is the day that Warren Gatland announces his (around) 47 man squad to train together before this years Rugby World Cup. Obviously the likes of Ken, AWJ, Tipuric etc are all dead certs to be there however there will be some surprise inclusions... who do you think will be included that the majority of Welsh fans won't expect.

I can see Kieran Hardy being called up for the training squad, I'm not saying he is off to the RWC but I do think he will be the young player called up for experience.

I also think that Dan Evans has to be called up, surely even if its just for the training & warm up games he has to be given some game time.


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it seems its sometimes too hard to break into the welsh squad. Dan evans is of course the form full back, Ive always rated him highly. But hes 31 and they may be looking at some new blood. I agree hardy may be a curveball selection, but rhodri williams looks good too. They both look tastier prospects than aled davies. As much as I was disappinted with our loss to dragons, they have got a lot of promising players which is good for welsh rugby and those derbies were pretty good. I think it showed a new depth of talent in the regional game. Rising stars like wainwright,hardy, nicky smith, owen lane,  beard,dee, screech, jarrod evans, jack dixon, amos, rhodri williams, owen watkin etc all give me confidence in the strength in depth(will boyde also had a stormer but wont make welsh squad)
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I don't see too many surprises as the depth has grown so much in the past couple of seasons. Much as I rate Dan I don't see him selected as I think he will go Halfpenny, Liam, George, Adams, Amos, Holmes, Steff Evans for his back 3 with Anscombe & Patchell also able to cover 15.

Hardy has indeed impressed but I think Rhodri's better kicking game will see him as one of the 4 9's. I think we'll see Rhys Carre and Leon Brown added to the established props as they are the future & I wouldn't be surprised to see Screech also being included. 

The back row is going to be a huge selection headache but through the consistent excellence of his performances I think Wainwright is now a certainty. If he could add a couple of kgs I think he would make a wonderful 8 as he has genuine pace, great hands and he sees space and gets good go forward. Now if we could sign him I would jump at the chance ahead of Thomas Young anytime. 
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Forwards

Leon Brown, Rhys Carre*, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, James Davies, Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright.

Backs

Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Scott Williams, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steff Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Owen Lane, George North, Jonah Holmes, Liam WIlliams.


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Congratulations to all Scarlets selected - especially to those who have had injury blighted seasons, in particular Shingler and Cubby, but also Halfpenny (he was a cert anyway TBH). A word, too, for our former star Scott Williams - another selected despite a long injury lay-off. It remains to be seen whether these guys are all 100% by (say) the end of August, but there is more depth in the squad than for many years.

On other points - Hardy looks like a real prospect and I'd pick him ahead of Aled Davies, but the selectors are pretty conservative so it's unlikely.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

I don't see too many surprises as the depth has grown so much in the past couple of seasons. Much as I rate Dan I don't see him selected as I think he will go Halfpenny, Liam, George, Adams, Amos, Holmes, Steff Evans for his back 3 with Anscombe & Patchell also able to cover 15.

Hardy has indeed impressed but I think Rhodri's better kicking game will see him as one of the 4 9's. I think we'll see Rhys Carre and Leon Brown added to the established props as they are the future & I wouldn't be surprised to see Screech also being included. 

The back row is going to be a huge selection headache but through the consistent excellence of his performances I think Wainwright is now a certainty. If he could add a couple of kgs I think he would make a wonderful 8 as he has genuine pace, great hands and he sees space and gets good go forward. Now if we could sign him I would jump at the chance ahead of Thomas Young anytime. 

Yes please
If that fails then Screech, Keddie, Basham, are all tasty prospects too
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I'm surprised to see James Davies there, not because I don't rate him. It's just he spent so long in international exile, and now he's picked after spending almost all season injured and not having the chance to show any form. Weird one. 
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Originally posted by Sosban89 Sosban89 wrote:

I'm surprised to see James Davies there, not because I don't rate him. It's just he spent so long in international exile, and now he's picked after spending almost all season injured and not having the chance to show any form. Weird one. 
Yes I had a WRU smile on that news for same reason! However it’s j the Training squad so he may not make the cut 🤔
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cubby was superb on the summer tour dont forget and they realise when fully fit hes a one off special player
I just hope he can get back to his best
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Yes Cubby did himself proud last Summer and has earned some credit in the bank of Gatland. Interestingly he's elected ahead of Young.
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cubby was superb on the summer tour dont forget and they realise when fully fit hes a one off special player
I just hope he can get back to his best
That’s true. He has had a bad season injury wise and just hope it’s not time catching up with him in this very physical game as he is not a big man .
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Yes Cubby did himself proud last Summer and has earned some credit in the bank of Gatland. Interestingly he's elected ahead of Young.
Young is out injured for three months.
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Ive got a lot of confidence in cubby...a very gifted player, even if hes carrying a knock he has innate rugby intelligence....Given a few months off playing now to train and prepare, then he may get a crack at the irish and english august tests... who knows what will follow.....

The competition is fierce but with warbs retired and young left out, its now only down to tips and cubby as our only 2 out and out specialist 7's...Navidi can slot in there too if needed and if recovered.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Yes Cubby did himself proud last Summer and has earned some credit in the bank of Gatland. Interestingly he's elected ahead of Young.
Young is out injured for three months.

Yes I read that earlier an ankle injury picked up in training. Personally I think Gatland's ranking at 7 is Tipuric, Jenkins, Cubby & Young. Possibly not mine but one hell of a problem to have.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Yes Cubby did himself proud last Summer and has earned some credit in the bank of Gatland. Interestingly he's elected ahead of Young.
Young is out injured for three months.

Yes I read that earlier an ankle injury picked up in training. Personally I think Gatland's ranking at 7 is Tipuric, Jenkins, Cubby & Young. Possibly not mine but one hell of a problem to have.

But with Jenkins still out injured too - not sure how long for, mind.
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crikey forgot jenkins , hell of  a player...any news on him?
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