Liam Williams Former Crusader Johnny McNicholl named in Wayne Pivac’s Wales Six Nations rugby squad

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Liam Williams Johnny McNicholl, pictured playing against the Barbarians, has been named in Wales' Six Nations squad.

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Johnny McNicholl, pictured playing against the Barbarians, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad.

Wales’ Kiwi coach Wayne Pivac has named former Crusaders wing Johnny McNicholl in his first Six Nations squad along with four uncapped England-based players.

McNicholl – who joined Pivac’s former club, Scarlets in 2016 – played for Wales against the Barbarians last November in an uncapped match in Cardiff.

But the 29-year-old, who can play wing or fullback, is in line to make his test debut as Wales defend their Six Nations title.

McNicholl, who is contracted to Scarlets until the end of the 2021 season, will join fellow New Zealander Hadleigh Parkes in the Six Nations squad, with another Welsh Kiwi, Gareth Anscombe, out for the season after a knee reconstruction.

Liam Williams Former Crusaders wing Johnny McNicholl scores for Wales against the Barbarians last year.

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Former Crusaders wing Johnny McNicholl scores for Wales against the Barbarians last year.

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Parkes, who plays with McNicholl at Scarlets, has 26 caps and was Wales’ starting second five-eighths throughout last year’s Six Nations campaign and the Rugby World Cup.

McNicholl will face a battle to win a test berth with British and Irish Lions Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and George North in the outside back division, along with World Cup star Josh Adams.

The inclusion of four players from English clubs proved the major talking point of Pivac’s squad.

Liam Williams Johnny McNicholl tackles the Barbarians' Shaun Stevenson at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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Johnny McNicholl tackles the Barbarians’ Shaun Stevenson

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