Six Nations: Scarlets' Aaron Shingler joins Wales camp

Aaron Shingler
Aaron Shingler represented the England Under-19 cricket team

Wales have called uncapped Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler into the training squad that has travelled to Poland for a pre-Six Nations camp.

Shingler's call-up comes in the wake of his length-of-the-field try in the Scarlets' 16-13 Heineken Cup win in Castres at the weekend.

The 24-year-old can also play at lock and has played for Wales Sevens.

"We're very pleased for Aaron," said Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies.

"He's gone very well this year, he's a quality player... the try that he scored on the weekend - I don't think there's many back-row players in world rugby who would have scored that.

"So he's got real quality, he's got a real edge to him, he's got an aura about his personality and I think he's a ready-made international rugby player."

Shingler's brother Steven, 21, has been at the centre of an eligibility row between Scotland and Wales.

Steven plays fly-half, centre or full-back for London Irish, who he joined from the Scarlets in the summer of 2011.

But the International Rugby Board has ruled he is not eligible to play for Scotland on ancestry grounds because he has played for Wales Under-20.

Aaron comes into the Wales squad with Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate having become an injury concern during their comprehensive Amlin Challenge Cup win over Cavalieri Prato at the weekend.

Aldershot-born Aaron has also played cricket for England Under-19.


Backs: Mike Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Gavin Henson (Cardiff Blues), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), George North (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Harry Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Lee Bryne (Clermont Auvergne)

Forwards: Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Ospreys), Rhys Gill (Saracens), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Lou Reed (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), Sam Warburton (capt, Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Andy Powell (Sale Sharks), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets).