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Biggar to captain Wales instead of injured Jones in Six Nations

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Dan Biggar. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Dan Biggar. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Dan Biggar will captain title-holders Wales during the Six Nations in place of the injured Alun Wyn Jones, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday.

Veteran lock Jones is one of several high-profile absentees, with fellow British and Irish Lions players George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi and Ken Owens all currently sidelined through injury.

But flanker Ross Moriarty, who has been sidelined with a shoulder problem, has been included in Wales head coach Wayne Pivac's 36-man squad.

Pivac said Biggar, 32, would play an important role.

"With the experience missing, we wanted someone who had experienced the competition on a number of occasions and knows the rigours of it.

"He gives us that. He has 95 Wales caps and he has toured with the British and Irish Lions.

"Dan has the respect of the other players and management, so we think he will do a great job."

Squad

Forwards

Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Dewi Lake, Bradley Roberts, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard (vice-captain), Ben Carter, Seb Davies, Will Rowlands, Christ Tshiunza, Taine Basham, Ellis Jenkins, Jac Morgan, Ross Moriarty, James Ratti, Aaron Wainwright.

Backs

Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar (captain), Rhys Priestland, Callum Sheedy, Jonathan Davies, Uilisi Halaholo, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Alex Cuthbert, Louis Rees-Zammit, Johnny McNicholl, Liam Williams.



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