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The Telegraph Only Name Six Welsh Players In Their 37 Man Lions Squad

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Alun Wyn Jones of Wales reacts during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It’s fair to say that Wales have not been enjoying their best Six Nations campaign this season. Although they claimed a 33-7 win over Italy on the opening weekend of the Championship, Rob Howley’s side found themselves 7-3 down at half-time and ultimately failed to claim a four-try bonus point.

Despite a strong showing against England, Wales failed to turn their dominance into points and gifted Elliot Daly a match-winning try through an inability to close out the final five minutes. Perhaps though their greatest failing of this campaign occurred against Scotland.

Despite taking a 13-9 lead into the half-time break, Wales imploded during the second forty minutes in Murrayfield, conceding 20 points in a half where Scotland’s pace and creativity dominated.

With their confidence on the floor and stock plummeting, it comes as no surprise to see The Telegraph name only six Welshmen in their updated 37 man British and Irish Lions touring squad.

By contrast, Scotland have nine players included in The Telegraph‘s selection, while Ireland and England have 11 each.

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