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Rob Howley Makes 10 Changes To Wales Team To Face Japan

Wales take on Japan in Cardiff on Saturday.

After claiming a tight 24-20 win over Argentina last Saturday, Wales have made 10 changes to their side for Saturday’s tie with Japan.

Wales had come in for a great deal of criticism following their tame 32-8 defeat at the hands of Australia earlier this month, but managed to reassert themselves as against the Pumas.

This weekend’s clash with the Brave Blossoms therefore represents an opportunity for Wales to rest some of their star names while also handing opportunities to those on the fringes.

In all Rob Howley has made 10 changes to the side that features Liam Williams at fullback instead of Leigh Halfpenny, who starts on the wing.

Gareth Anscombe comes in at flyhalf, with Alex Cuthbert reinstated on the wing. Wales fans should also get the chance to watch 18 year-old Keelan Giles, who set to make his debut from the bench.

Upfront, Sam Warburton captains the side in place of Gethin Jenkins, with the loosehead being replaced by Nicky Smith in the front row. Cory Hill will earn his second cap alongside Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.

Finally, Dan Lydiate and James King make up the backrow alongside Warburton at openside.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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