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Five dark horses that could make the Wales squad

With Warren Gatland naming his 33-man squad for the Six Nations next Tuesday, here are a selection of Welsh players who may have done enough to force their way in.

1. Lloyd Ashley

The Ospreys lock, who celebrates his 25th birthday just five days before the opener in Dublin, has caught the eye at the Liberty so far this season with a string of whole-hearted displays in the engine room. Could the Caerphily boy take his successful partnership with Alun Wyn Jones onto the international stage?

2. Aled Davies

The latest in a long line of talented scrum-halves to feature for the Scarlets, Davies' performances for the region have increased the pressure on team-mate and Wales World Cup star Gareth Davies. With his accurate passing and strong tactical awareness, Davies could be a fine alternative option, should Rhys Webb miss out through injury.

3. Matthew Morgan

Blues-bound Morgan was part of Warren Gatland's World Cup squad and caught the eye with some blistering runs during the victory over Fiji. However, since announcing his departure from Bristol, the dimuntive back has found game time limited, something which could hamper his chances of a call-up.

5. Tom James

If Gatland were to pick a winger on the basis of their performances for their club this season, James would probably be the first choice. The Blues' all-time record try-scorer is regaining his form at just the right time and he could be ready to fullfill his potential on the International stage.

5. Rhys Patchell

The fly-half has long shown his potential for the Blues and seems to have developed his game further this season with some strong and authoritative displays. But with Biggar the clear first choice, Priestland re-pledging his commitment to Wales and Kiwi Gareth Anscombe returning from his World Cup injury, the question remains: Where would Patchell fit in Gatland's squad?

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