Wales call up Saffa; Scots pick Kiwi

Nelspruit-born eighthman Andries Pretorius has been included in Wales’ Six Nations squad and Scotland have picked Kiwi Sean Maitland.

Pretorius, 27 years old, became eligible for Test selection in December and his top form for Pro12 club the Cardiff Blues has been rewarded with an immediate call-up from interim coach Rob Howley.

Howley has picked four other uncapped players in Cardiff flank Josh Navidi, Ospreys wing Eli Walker, Ospreys lock James King (born in Australia) and Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs.

Maitland, a NZ Maori international, and a stand out for the Crusaders at wing and fullback in the last three seasons, arrived in Scotland last November. He qualifies because of ancestry.

Maitland is a cousin of Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper.

Wales squad:

Backs – Lee Byrne, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Eli Walker, George North, Alex Cuthbert, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, James Hook, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips, Tavis Knoyle, Lloyd Williams.
Forwards –
Scott Andrews, Craig Mitchell, Adam Jones, Paul James, Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard, Ken Owens, Matthew Rees, Ryan Jones, Lou Reed, Ian Evans, James King, Andrew Coombs, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau, Andries Pretorius.

Scotland squad:

Forwards – Alasdair Dickinson, Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Pat MacArthur, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Geoff Cross, Moray Low, Alastair Kellock, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Grant Gilchrist, Kelly Brown, Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson, Johnnie Beattie, David Denton, Richie Vernon, Chris Fusaro.
Backs – Peter Murchie, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Sean Lamont, Tim Visser, Max Evans, Matt Scott, Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson, Tom Heathcote, Henry Pyrgos, Sean Kennedy, Greig Laidlaw.