Liam Williams Rugby: Johnny McNicholl poised for Wales test debut

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Johnny McNicholl is the latest New Zealander poised to make his test debut for Wales.

The former Canterbury and Crusaders outside back has been included as one of five uncapped players in Wayne Pivac’s first 38-man Six Nations squad.

McNicholl’s selection is not a surprise after he scored a try in his non-capped debut against the Barbarians late November but he is now set to line up alongside fellow Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes.

McNicholl, who has satisfied the residency rule after three years with Scarlets, would’ve been joined by former Hurricanes midfielder Willis Halaholo and Gareth Anscombe but for their injuries.

Since his Pro14 debut in 2016, no other player has scored more tries (26) or made more breaks (69) than the 29-year-old McNicholl.

Pivac made a splash with his first Six Nations squad since succeeding Warren Gatland by calling up 18-year-old Louis Rees-Zammit, the Gloucester wing who was courted by Eddie Jones after scoring nine tries in 10 games for his English club this season.

Saracens centre Nick Tompkins, born and raised in England and having represented their under 20 side, Sa

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