Wales 2017, the Dragon to St George.
Finishing off the 2016 season with a brilliant Autumn campaign puts the Wales 2017 show firmly on the road to the best Six Nations start yet. Beating Argentina and South Africa in November highlighted the changes in the team and the talent that Wales have to offer.
As runners up last year, Wales played well-ish, but suffered injury and at times a lack lustre approach to the game. This season sees Sam Warburton hand over the Captains baton to Alun Wyn Jones. Warburton might be a tough act to follow, but Jones has experience and is a dependable player.
First 2017 Six Nations game is in Rome for the Welch, as they take on an Italy team under new management. Tough game to make your mark on.
This has to be Captain elect Alun Wyn Jones, not just because of the new role, but the fact that he was one of the leading players last season and needs/wants to prove that he can take over from a very competent Sam Warburton.
Ross Moriarty put in a staggering performance last season in his first appearance for Wales, and his 2017 campaign promises more of the same. Teaming up with Justin Tipuric in the back row could be the edge that Wales need.
Rob Howely on Wales 2017: “Over the last eight or nine years sometimes we have come up short in terms of winning games and been criticised, but After the South Africa game we said in the changing rooms that it’s another level we need to go to and that level will need to come in the RBS 6 Nations.”
Wales 2017 Squad
Unifying the team might not be too much of a challenge as Wales look to field most of their 2016 campaign players. Dan Bigger, Leigh Halfpenny, Taulupe Faletau, George North, Jamie Roberts, Justin Tipuric, and Liam Williams all get a starting call up.
Eleven uncapped players make the squad, but Wales have power and enough in-depth experience that they should be able to over-lap.