Wales coach Wayne Pivac has been handed a major boost ahead of the Six Nations, as Ospreys-bound Rhys Webb will be eligible to play in the Six Nations.
The scrum-half has been in international exile since December 2017 after joining Toulon, which meant he could not represent his country as he didn’t have the requisite 60 caps.
This has opened up a debate as to who will be the favoured nines come the Six Nations. Unlike some other positions, Wales do not have an injury crisis at scrum-half, meaning Pivac will have the luxury of being able to pick his two best options going into the opening match against Italy should he choose to.
Don’t really thing he’s needed with Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies?
— Joe Delve (@Jdelve3) January 3, 2020
I’d pick him in initial squad to reintegrate him but select Davies and Williams for Matchday XXIII
— goony#2 (@Neil36314107) January 3, 2020
Both scrum-halves had decent RWCs, and while Gareth Davies largely started, Williams proved to be a handful from the bench.
His ship has sailed unfortunately, handy to have as back up if we have injuries though?????
— Ross Llewellyn (@RossLlew10) January 3, 2020
But seriously, would he make the matchday? I'd put him 4th or so in the pecking order.
— SassuWunnu (@stutaliesin) January 3, 2020
At the age of 25, Cardiff Blues half-back Williams seems to be a popular choice as all teams head into a new RWC cycle. However, the spot on the bench seems to be far more contentious, as there is a split as to whether it should be occupied by Gareth Davies or Webb.
I would choose Tomos and Webb over Gareth anyways
— Jake (@GafroJake) January 3, 2020
Happy days. He can bench while Tomos Williams starts
— Rhys Weeks ??????? (@hccdolphin) January 3, 2020
Webb, Williams, Davies, in that order.
— Alex (@alex_street3) January 3, 2020
Have to drop aled Davies. Tomos William's starts for me then it's a toss up between Webb and davies, maybe for the Italy match you give Webb minutes to get him back into the international fold
— Chris Holloway (@ChrisHo87878800) January 3, 2020
A point that has been raised is that Webb is now 31 and will be 34 come the next RWC, which is perhaps a reason why Pivac should turn to a more youthful option as he looks to the future.
Then again, there is nothing to suggest that Webb will still not be competing for a Wales jersey then. Moreover, Gareth Davies will also be 33 come next RWC.
The 2020 Six Nations was always going to be compelling for Wales, as it is the beginning of a new era after Gatland’s twelve-year reign, but this scrum-half battle has added another nuance to the tournament.
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