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Dafydd Jenkins to skipper Wales this Six Nations

Exeter Chiefs star Dafydd Jenkins will lead Wales as captain this Six Nations.

The young lock has impressed during his time as Exeter captain, leading them to forth in the Gallagher Premiership and an unbeaten run in the Champions Cup.

Jenkins made his Wales debut back in 2021, and has won 12 caps for his country so far. He was also part of their World Cup squad in October, where he featured in all five of their games in France, including starts against Portugal and Georgia.

He leads a side with just five uncapped players, as Evan Lloyd, Archie Griffin, Alex Mann, Mackenzie Martin and Cameron Winnett make Warren Gatland’s team, who will be looking to improve on their fifth placed finish last year.

In the forwards, Tommy Reffell, Will Rowlands, Aaron Wainwright and Ryan Elias are the headline names, however there is the notable absence of World Cup co-captains Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake.

In the back division, they will be without star winger Louis Rees-Zammit after his switch to the NFL was announced this morning, however they still boast a strong line-up including Josh Adams, Rio Dyer, George North and Nick Tompkins.

Another notable name not in the squad is Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, which almost certainly confirms his involvement with England this Six Nations.

Wales come into the tournament seeking their first title since 2021, and begin their campaign against Scotland in front of a sold out Principality Stadium.

Warren Gatland on the Wales squad for the Six Nations

“There’s a little bit of experience in terms of players like George North and Gareth Davies – we wanted a little bit of continuity with that and we’re also thinking about the next RWC cycle and giving some youngsters an opportunity, some youngsters that are not featuring regularly for their club sides.

“I’m really excited about those youngsters and that opportunity to develop them over the next four years. The average age of the squad is about 25 compared to a little bit older during RWC and then you look at this next cycle and you want to get those players to mid to late 20s in terms of experience and age.

“For us it’s a great game to start at home with a full crowd, packed stadium, exactly what you want under a bit of pressure. If you can get off to a good start and win your opening game then it gives you an opportunity to go further in the tournament.

Wales Six Nations squad in full:

Forwards: Corey Domachowski, Kemsley Mathias, Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Evan Lloyd, Keiron Assiratti, Leon Brown, Archie Griffin, Adam Beard, Dafydd Jenkins (Captain), Will Rowlands, Teddy Williams, Taine Basham, James Botham, Alex Mann, Mackenzie Martin, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright

Backs:Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Tomos Williams, Sam Costelow, Cai Evans, Ioan Lloyd, Mason Grady, George North, Joe Roberts, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Rio Dyer, Tom Rogers, Cameron Winnett