Wales to hold 'trials day' in Swansea
Wales coach Graham Henry will watch back-to-back trial matches later this month before announcing his team for the Six Nations Championship opener against France.
Henry intends running the rule over more than 60 players during trial games at St Helen's, Swansea on Saturday, January 29.
Immediately after the second fixture - between teams `one and two' -Henry's line-up to tackle France in Cardiff on February 5 will be announced.
The Wales A and Under-21 sides should also take shape following events at Swansea.
Two matches are planned, kicking off at 3.30pm and 5.30pm, with the latter contest being screened live by Welsh television channel S4C.
All four trial squads will have their own coaches and managers as players are scrutinised in close detail before Henry settles on his Six Nations starting XV.
The trial clashes with Tetley's Bitter Cup fifth-round action in England, although there is little that Henry does not know about Northampton centre Allan Bateman, for instance, that would warrant the player travelling west when Saints need his midfield presence against Saracens.
Wales' World Cup squad have been told by Henry that he starts with a clean slate this year, and several positions could attract selection debate.