Wales coach Warren Gatland says scrum-half Tomos Williams can grow to be a “special” participant forward of the Six Nations opener in France on 1 February.
Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies is unlikely to begin in Paris due to a thigh damage.
Cardiff Blues’ Williams and Aled Davies of Ospreys are the opposite choices.
“Tomas is a young player who is pretty talented. He could be something pretty special,” mentioned Gatland, who expressed his damage concern over Gareth Davies.
The Parc y Scarlets half-back has not but formally been dominated out, however Gatland is pessimistic about Gareth Davies recovering in time for Friday’s match opener.
That leaves Williams, 24, on the point of making his Six Nations debut.
“I don’t think Gareth Davies is going to be fit for the first game,” mentioned Gatland.
“Tom is fairly aggressive and he is combative as effectively. He would not again right down to something.
“He’s bought the potential to maintain bettering and creating.”
Gatland additionally believes there could possibly be a few of his younger gamers can grow to be first decisions of their positions forward of established names.
“There’s players at the moment who are probably in the starting position who I think if one or two youngsters fulfil their potential there could be a change,” mentioned Gatland.
“That’s going to be up to one of the two players to realise themselves they’re capable of being number one in their position.”
Gatland is getting ready for his final match in cost since taking the Wales job in 2008.
It might be his 10th Six Nations having taken two years off in 2013 and 2017, to guide the British and Irish Lions to Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Gatland believes these two sabbaticals granted by the Welsh Rugby Union have contributed to his longevity as Wales boss.
“If I didn’t have the opportunity and experience of those two Lions years and being away I don’t think I would have lasted that long,” mentioned Gatland.
“They had been good for me simply to get away and refresh, to be concerned with totally different coaches and gamers.
“Since the Lions in 2017 the main target has been on constructing as much as 2019 and be motivated to need to go away Wales in a greater place than I discovered it.
“The last two years have been easy. The union has been brilliant to me since I took the role and allowed me to go back to New Zealand, particularly with my family being back there.”
Gatland says he has been revitalised by breaks in his native New Zealand the place he has frolicked along with his household.
“Surprisingly, it was a lot easier than I thought because the time we have together is real quality time,” mentioned Gatland.
“I went again for Christmas, will return after the Six Nations for a few weeks after which have somewhat break in July and August and so they come over as effectively.
“When I am at residence I reconnect with New Zealand rugby, catching up with the provincial or Super Rugby groups, choose up information, speaking about concepts over a cup of espresso or by watching coaching periods.”
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