Wales release Tom James and Dan Lydiate to play for regions

Tom James
Tom James has scored eight times for Cardiff Blues this season

Dan Lydiate, Tom James and Gareth Anscombe are among 13 players released by Wales to play for their regions.

Wing James started against Ireland and Scotland, while flanker Lydiate made appearances off the bench.

Full-back Anscombe missed the game in Ireland with injury but was a second half substitute in the 27-23 win over Scotland in Cardiff.

Welsh squad players based in Wales do not have to be released during the Six Nations Championship.

With the international tournament taking a break, all four Welsh regions are in action.

Released players
Ospreys: Paul James, Aaron Jarvis, Dan Lydiate, James King
Cardiff Blues: Kristian Dacey, Josh Turnbull, Lloyd Williams, Cory Allen, Tom James, Gareth Anscombe, Alex Cuthbert
Newport Gwent Dragons: Hallam Amos
Scarlets: Aled Davies

On Friday, 19 February Ospreys play Edinburgh while the Dragons are away to Benetton Treviso.

Saturday sees the Blues at home to Leinster and Scarlets travel to Ulster on Sunday.

Squad players based outside Wales have already been released to their clubs.