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Owen Lane To Make World Cup Debut For Wales In Bronze Final


Wales winger Owen Lane is set to make his World Cup debut in the third-place play-off against New Zealand on Friday.

The Cardiff Blues player was a late call-up to the squad last week in place of the injured Josh Navidi. He is one of nine changes and is named to start in the backline alongside Hallam Amos at full-back and Josh Adams on the left wing.

Meanwhile, there is also a change in the centre as Owen Watkin comes in at 12 for Hadleigh Parkes and partners Jonathan Davies while Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell are named in the half-backs.

There are plenty of changes among the forwards also as Nicky Smith starts for Wyn Jones while Dillon Lewis starts for Tomas Francis in the front row.  Adam Beard partners Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row while Justin Tipuric starts at six for Aaron Wainwright and James Davies is named at openside.

Jonathan Davies is the only player who started for Wales in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Bronze Final who starts in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Bronze Final.

This will be Wales’s last match under head coach Warren Gatland. Since his tenure began in December 2007, Wales have won the Six Nations Championship on four occasions, securing the Grand Slam in 2008, 2012 and 2019.

As head coach, Gatland has lost all 11 previous test encounters with his native New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks have also named their starting XV for Friday’s clash in Toyko and that can be found here. 

Wales team v New Zealand: 

1. Nicky Smith
2. Ken Owens
3. Dillon Lewis
4. Adam Beard
5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt.)
6. Justin Tipuric
7. James Davies
8. Ross Moriarty
9. Tomos Williams
10. Rhys Patchell
11. Josh Adams
12. Owen Watkin
13. Jonathan Davies
14. Owen Lane
15. Hallam Amos

16. Elliot Dee
17. Rhys Carre
18. Wyn Jones
19. Jake Ball
20. Aaron Shingler
21. Gareth Davies
22. Dan Biggar
23. Hadleigh Parkes


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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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