Cardiff Blues players prepare for Six Nations action

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The Six Nations begin next weekend, with Cardiff Blues supplying players for all three Wales squads who are starting the competition with a trip to France.

Action gets underway on Friday night as the men’s team play at the Stade de France, with Warren Gatland having named seven Cardiff Blues players in his initial 39-man squad for the competition.

In the front row there is a nod for Dillon Lewis at tighthead, who goes up against Samson Lee, Leon Brown and Tomas Francis for the number three jersey, while Seb Davies is selected in what is hoped to be a second row group, but may find himself drafted into back row action once again.

Josh Turnbull is another utility option with the ability to play second row, flanker and number eight, while Josh Navidi is battling in the back row and could be in line to start at number eight on Friday with Taulupe Faletau injured and question marks over Ross Moriarty.

He could be joined by Tomos Williams, who would be making his first Six Nations start, with Gareth Davies struggling for fitness, while Gareth Anscombe is in the squad as an option at fly-half and full-back, and Jarrod Evans is covering fly-half as Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell are injury concerns.

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Tomos Williams could be in line to wear the nine jersey in Paris

Next up on the Saturday evening is Wales Women, who take on their French counterparts at the GGL Stadium in Montpellier with the game shown live on S4C.

Once again there are two Cardiff Blues representatives in the squad as back rower Manon Johnes is selected after impressing in her debut international campaign in the Autumn.

She is joined by fly-half Robyn Wilkes who seemed to nail down the red number 10 jersey back in November, with both players keen to see the team push on after a positive start to the season.

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Manon Johnes in action against South Africa

The weekend then draws to a close with Wales U20s taking on France U20s at the Stade de la Rabine, home of ProD2 side RC Vannes.

There are five Cardiff Blues youngsters named in the squad for the U20 Six Nations, with all of them set for their first involvement in rugby at this level.

Tighthead prop Ben Warren is selected in the front row, where he is joined by hooker Cameron Lewis who has been picked by the Cardiff Blues academy after playing BUCS Super Rugby for Cardiff University this season.

The other forward selected is Teddy Williams, a lock that can cover on the blindside who turned out for Cardiff Blues A in the Celtic Cup and captained Ysgol Glantaf in the WRU College League.

In the backs there is a call-up for Jamie Hill, another Cardiff Blues A squad member who has returned to the club after being released at U18 level, going on to spend last season with Pontypridd RFC and the University of South Wales.

Finally, Ioan Davies is selected with the full-back earning rave reviews for Cardiff RFC and make a try scoring appearance off the bench for Cardiff Blues against Uruguay in November.

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Ioan Davies slides over against the Uruguayans

There is no current Cardiff Blues involvement elsewhere this international window with Rey Lee-Lo’s Samoa not having any game and Blaine Scully left out of the USA Eagles side for the Americas Rugby Championship due to a knee injury.

However former Cardiff Blues players Cam Dolan and Samu Manoa will both play for the USA as they bid to retain their title.

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