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Wales Ring The Changes For South Africa Tie

Warren Gatland has made three changes in personnel for Wales’ World Cup quarter-final against South Africa. The Kiwi coach surprised many by starting both Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton against the Wallabies, but the Welsh ultimately came up against an Australian brick wall.

They now must regroup to face Pool B winners South Africa, who are on a road to redemption following a shock opening weekend loss to Japan.

Gatland has drafted Dan Lydiate back into the side in place of Tipuric, who returns to the bench. Warburton goes back to the open-side, while Lydiate plays blind-side. Toby Faletau remains at number 8.

In the front row, veteran Gethin Jenkins replaces Paul James to earn his 119th cap.

The most interesting introduction to the team is undoubtedly 20 year-old Tyler Morgan at second centre. Having made his test debut against Ireland in the World Cup warm-up games, Morgan failed to make Gatland’s 31 man squad. However, injury to Cory Allen meant that the Dragons youngster was drafted into the squad, and he now joins Jamie Roberts in the centre.

This means that George North reverts to the wing, while Liam Williams misses out due to injury.

Few fancy Wales to beat the Springboks, but it would not be the first time they have caused a big upset at Twickenham this tournament. Kick-off is at 4pm on Saturday.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.