Tomos Williams will make his Six Nations debut in the 2019 tournament opener against France in Paris on Friday after the scrum-half was named in coach Warren Gatland’s starting XV.
He was selected ahead of Gareth Davies and will form a half-back pairing with Cardiff team-mate Gareth Anscombe.
It will be 24-year-old’s seventh appearance for Wales, after he made his debut against South Africa in Washington during last year’s tour.
Alun Wyn Jones lines up in the second-row alongside fellow Osprey Adam Beard with Josh Navidi returning from injury to start in the back-row alongside British & Irish Lions Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty.
In the front-row Rob Evans and Tomas Francis pack down alongside Ken Owens who becomes Wales’ most capped hooker, making his 61st appearance for his county.
Scarlets duo Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies continue their partnership in midfield with Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams comprising the back-three.
Wales, who finished second in the tournament in 2018, face France in Paris on Friday before traveling to Rome to play Italy the weekend after. Warren Gatland’s team is currently on a nine-match winning streak and Wales’ head coach knows the importance of starting their campaign well.
“We are looking forward to kicking off the Six Nations and kicking off our 2019 campaign as a whole,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
“We come into the game on an impressive run of results but we know how tough it will be to face France in Paris in the tournament opener.
“It will be a huge contest but we are excited going into it. We have a great deal of experience across the team and on the bench and we want to kick things off well on Friday.”
Kick off on Friday is 8pm.
Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Adam Beard; Tomas Francis, Ken Owens, Rob Evans
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Aaron Wainwright, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin
Coach: Warren Gatland (NZL)
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