ROSS Moriarty is to return to international rugby this Saturday after being named in the Wales back row to face Scotland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The Gloucester number eight, who is leaving Kingsholm at the end of the season to join Welsh region, Dragons, has been in the Test wilderness for nearly ten months after a back injury suffered during the first week of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in June 2017.

Now, after months of rehab and getting his fitness back, the 23-year-old, who has won 17 caps for Wales and is returning to his homeland as, otherwise, he will be exiled from playing for his country again under new Welsh Rugby Union rules, has been picked for the Six Nations Championship opener.

Wales national coach Warren Gatland said: “We know what a quality player Ross is, it's great he is back and available and we are looking forward to seeing his explosive ball carrying on Saturday.”

But there is no place for Gloucester fly-half-cum-centre Owen Williams who has lost out to Scarlets duo Scott Williams and Hadleigh Parkes for the centre position where he has played before for Wales.