Should This Be The Wales Starting XV For The Six Nations?

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We take a look at the most in form Wales stars so far this season and select their most likely starting XV for the 2016 Six Nations;

15.Liam Williams

Williams is looking likely to be fit for the Six Nations, and given the lack of other options, could find himself propelled straight into the starting XV in the absence of Leigh Halfpenny.

14.Tom James

James moved back to Cardiff over the summer and is thriving at the Arms Park. He’s still prone to odd mistakes, but has shown he has immense talent as a ball carrier out wide.

13.Jonathan Davies

Davies was a huge loss to Wales during the Rugby World Cup and will likely find himself welcomed back into the team with open arms for the Six Nations.

12.Jamie Roberts

Roberts move to Harlequins seems to be bringing the best out of the Welsh centre and should ensure he retains his place in number 12 shirt for the Six Nations.

11.George North

North has hardly been at his best recently, but still remains one of the most devastating wingers in the Northern Hemisphere when on form so can’t be ignored, especially due to a lack of options.

10.Dan Biggar

Without doubt one of the most in form fly halves in Europe right now, Biggar is absolutely vital to the current Wales side and should therefore be assured of his place in the starting XV.

9.Gareth Davies

Davies has been instrumental recently for the impressive Scarlets and should find himself with plenty of opportunity to prove himself in the Wales number nine shirt.

8.Taulupe Faletau

With a lack of serious competition for the number eight shirt, Faletau is all but assured of his place in the starting XV barring injury.

7.Sam Warburton

Assuming Warburton is fit for the Six Nations, as captain he should start at openside, however if he is struggling, Justin Tipuric is a more than able deputy.

6.Dan Lydiate

There is an argument for selecting Tipuric over Lydiate at this point, however his experience in the back row alongside Warburton and Faletau sees him edge in ahead for now.

5.Alun Wyn Jones

Besides Dan Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones is probably Wales’ most important player and will therefore play a key role in ensuring he gets his side on the front foot.

4.Luke Charteris

It is currently a toss up between Charteris and Bradley Davies, but the giant Welsh lock edges in ahead for his abilities at the set piece.

3.Samson Lee

Lee has been an absolute revelation for Wales and looks assured of his place in the starting XV assuming he can remain fit.

2.Ken Owens

With Richard Hibbard seemingly out of favour, the experience of Owens seems his edge in ahead of Scott Baldwin for the first game of the Six Nations.

1.Paul James

Given his performances in the tight over the last couples of years, James gets the nod at loosehead to help provide Wales with a solid set piece platform.

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