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Wales pick teenage sensation Louis Rees-Zammit in Six Nations squad after shining for Gloucester... while new coach Wayne Pivac also selects former England U20 Nick Tompkins

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New Wales coach Wayne Pivac will oversee his first Six Nations since taking over from Warren Gatland in November 2019 © Rebecca Naden/Reuters New Wales coach Wayne Pivac will oversee his first Six Nations since taking over from Warren Gatland in November 2019

Teenage sensation Louis Rees-Zammit is in Wales' Six Nations squad picked for the first time by new coach Wayne Pivac.

The 18-year-old Gloucester winger, who has been in phenomenal form for his club scoring nine times in 10 matches this season, could make his debut against Italy the day after his 19th birthday early next month.

In the midst of a centre injury crisis, with Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Owen Watkin and Willis Halaholo all injured, Pivac has selected former England U20 Nick Tompkins.

WALES' 2020 SIX NATIONS SQUAD 

Forwards (21)

Rhys Carre (Saracens) (6 Caps); Rob Evans (Scarlets) (36 Caps); Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (22 Caps); Elliot Dee (Dragons) (29 Caps); Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (9 Caps); Ken Owens (Scarlets) (73 Caps); Leon Brown (Dragons) (6 Caps); WillGriff John (Sale) (*uncapped); Dillon Lewis (Blues) (22 Caps); Jake Ball (Scarlets) (42 Caps); Adam Beard (Ospreys) (20 Caps); Seb Davies (Blues) (7 Caps); Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (134 Caps) (CAPTAIN); Will Rowlands (Wasps) (*uncapped); Cory Hill (Dragons) (24 Caps); Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (26 Caps); Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (18 Caps); Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (72 Caps); Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (41 Caps); Josh Navidi (Blues) (23 Caps); Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (72 Caps)

Backs (17)

Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (51 Caps); Rhys Webb (Toulon) (31 Caps); Tomos Williams (Blues) (16 Caps); Dan Biggar (Northampton) (79 Caps); Owen Williams (Gloucester) (3 Caps); Jarrod Evans (Blues) (3 Caps); Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (25 Caps); Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (*uncapped); Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (22 Caps); George North (Ospreys) (91 Caps); Josh Adams (Blues) (21 Caps); Owen Lane (Blues) (2 Caps); Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) (*uncapped); Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester) (*uncapped); Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (3 Caps); Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (85 Caps); Liam Williams (Saracens) (62 Caps)

As Sportsmail reported on Tuesday the Saracens midfielder qualifies through his grandmother who is from Wrexham.

Louis Rees-Zammit has been included in Wales' 2020 Six Nations squad by coach Wayne Pivac © Provided by Daily Mail Louis Rees-Zammit has been included in Wales' 2020 Six Nations squad by coach Wayne Pivac Nick Tompkins, a former England Under 20 international, has also been selected in the squad © Provided by Daily Mail Nick Tompkins, a former England Under 20 international, has also been selected in the squad Tompkins and Rees-Zammit are two of five uncapped players in a 38-man squad named by the defending Grand Slam champions.

Sale's tight-head prop WillGriff John, Wasps' lock Will Rowlands and Scarlets utility back-three player Johnny McNicholl – who was born in New Zealand – are included too.

'We are really excited to be naming our Six Nations squad and kicking the campaign off,' said Wales head coach Pivac.

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'A lot of time and effort has gone into selecting the squad, all of the coaches have been out and about, seeing players in training, speaking with them and we are pretty excited with the group we have got.

'Looking back to the Barbarians week, that was hugely important for us. We got a lot of 'firsts' out of the way, getting to meet and get in front of the players and having a game together was hugely beneficial.

'We do have a couple of injuries but we flip that into seeing it as an opportunity for some new players to impress, with not only the Six Nations in mind but also longer term and 2023.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Pivac and his Wales squad begin their Six Nations campaign against Italy on February 1 © Provided by Daily Mail Pivac and his Wales squad begin their Six Nations campaign against Italy on February 1 'The Six Nations is hugely exciting for me, it is something I grew up watching from afar and it has such history attached to it, I'm really looking forward to the campaign.'

Alun Wyn Jones will captain Wales once more in his 14th Six Nations and during the tournament could draw level with All Black legend Richie McCaw as the most-capped rugby player of all time if he plays in all five games, if his Lions caps are included.

Props Rob Evans and Leon Brown, scrum-half Rhys Webb, fly-half Jarrod Evans and wing Owen Lane are all in having missed out on the World Cup squad.

Watch: Reaction to the Wales Six Nations squad announcement (Wales Online (Trinity Mirror))

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Webb was allowed special dispensation to return to the Welsh squad by the Professional Game Board earlier this month.

As he does not have 60 caps he has been barred from representing his country while at French club Toulon but as he is returning to the Ospreys in the summer has been permitted to resume his Test career.

There is also a return for Taulupe Faletau, who missed the World Cup due to injury, and has not played for Wales since 2018.

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And Gloucester centre Owen Williams makes a comeback to the squad too.

Kiwi coach Pivac has coached Wales once so far, in a non-cap game against former boss Warren Gatland's Barbarians at the Principality Stadium

His reign will properly start against Italy on February 2. Wales then face Ireland in Dublin before hosting France, travelling to Twickenham for the England game and then ending with Scotland at home in March.

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