Interim Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has made six changes to the team humbled by Australia last weekend, report Wales Online.
Howley has wielded the axe for the clash with ‘Los Pumas’: with prop Samson Lee dropping to the bench and being replaced by the Exeter Chiefs’ Tomas Francis. While the ever-present Jamie Roberts is also dropped, with Scarlets centre Scott Williams moving from 13 to 12. Roberts has to be content with a place on the bench.
58 cap flanker Dan Lydiate is also dropped with Sam Warburton replacing him at 6, the Blues and Wales skipper returning after getting 80 minutes under his belt against Treviso last weekend.
But Gethin Jenkins retains the captaincy and becomes the World’s most capped front-row forward. There is also no place in the match day squad for Lydiate.
Blues winger Alex Cuthbert is also culled from the starting XV and is left out completely from the 23 man squad. Liam Williams returns from an ankle injury to replace him on the left-wing.
Another change sees Alun Wyn Jones replace club mate Bradley Davies at second-row. 102 cap Jones returns after missing last weekend’s game due to the death of his father. Davies drops out of the match day squad because of injury, with the exact nature of the 29 year old’s injury yet to be revealed.
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While Lions centre Jonathan Davies returns at 13 after recovering from a tight hamstring which saw him forced to pull out only a couple of hours before last Saturday’s game.
The final change to the starting 15 sees Gareth Davies start at scrum-half in place of the injured Rhys Webb, who suffered an apprently serious ankle injury which will probably rule him out of the rest of Wales’ autumn campaign. The Blues Lloyd Williams steps up to the replacements bench.
Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies, who despite giving away an intercepted try, looked sharp after making his debut off the bench, is left out of the match day 23, with the Blues Gareth Anscombe taking his place on the bench.
Here is what coach Rob Howley had to say about his selections,
“We’ve made a number of changes, some of which are selection based and injury enforced but we are also able to select from a number of players returning from injury as well.
“In the backline Liam (Williams) and Jon (Davies) are both back and available and come into the side. We were pleased with Leigh’s performance at full-back last week and we feel this is the best back three combination for this game.
“Jon has recovered from his tight hamstring and will link up with Scott in midfield and it’s a blow to lose Rhys (Webb), but Gareth (Davies) is an excellent scrum half as he has shown on many occasions in the No.9 jersey and he will see it as a great opportunity.
”We’ve made a number of changes in the pack, Tomas Francis starts at tight-head and its great to welcome Alun Wyn Jones back into the side after what has been a really tough few weeks for him and his family”.
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