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Halaholo in-line for Wales debut in Edinburgh

International | 11th February 2021

Cardiff Blues centre, Willis Halaholo, is in-line to make his international debut after being named on the bench for Wales' Guinness Six Nations clash against Scotland on Saturday.

The former Super Rugby and European Challenge Cup winner linked up with the national squad earlier this week, alongside regional team-mates Lloyd Williams and James Botham, with the latter also featuring among the replacements at BT Murrayfield.

It's been an inspirational journey for former Hurricane, Halaholo, who spent the early parts of his career learning from All Blacks greats, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

After playing a key role in the Wellington-based outfit's Super Rugby success, he arrived at Cardiff Arms Park in 2016 and quickly became a fans favourite on the terraces thanks to his hot-stepping feet and formidable partnership in midfield with Rey Lee-Lo.

The centre has also embraced Wales and its culture, and has seen two daughters born since his move to the Welsh capital.

He had initially been called up to Wayne Pivac's squad ahead of November 2019's clash against Barbarians, but suffered a serious knee injury the week before, ruling him out of action for a number of months.

However, he returned to action this season and has made a mark in the recent Welsh derbies, which included a try in the home win over Scarlets.

Botham was another player called into the Wales squad this week, and returns to the matchday 23 having made his senior international debut over the autumn.

It's been a meteoric rise for the three-times capped academy graduate, who broke into Cardiff Blues' first team earlier this season and went on to impress for both club and country.

Also included in the squad are Louis Rees-Zammit, Leigh Halfpenny and replacement Callum Sheedy, who all featured in Cardiff Blues' pathway system during their early development, while four Cardiff Blues players were unavailable for selection.


1. Wyn Jones (31 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (78 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (53 Caps)
4. Adam Beard (22 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (CAPT) (144 Caps)
6. Aaron Wainwright (27 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (81 Caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (82 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (58 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (88 Caps)
11. Liam Williams (67 Caps)
12. Nick Tompkins (9 Caps)
13. Owen Watkin (26 Caps)
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (5 Caps)
15. Leigh Halfpenny (94 Caps)


16. Elliot Dee (33 Caps)
17. Rhodri Jones (18 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (13 Caps)
19. Will Rowlands (6 Caps)
20. James Botham (3 Caps)
21. Kieran Hardy (2 Caps)
22. Callum Sheedy (5 Caps)
23. Uilisi Halaholo (*Uncapped)

Players unavailable for selection: Dan Lydiate (released), Josh Navidi, Josh Macleod, Tomos Williams, Johnny Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hallam Amos, Josh Adams.