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Wales make four changes for Wallabies test

By Ospreys Rugby | 29/11/2012

Wales have made four changes - all to the pack - for the game against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

In the front row Blues prop Scott Andrews, who came on for Osprey Aaron Jarvis in the first minutes of the defeat to the All Blacks last time out, is handed his second Wales start and he is joined by former Blues colleague and 93-times capped veteran prop Gethin Jenkins (now Toulon).

Jenkins, who has been released by the French club for the fixture which falls outside the IRB international window, replaces Bath’s Paul James, who by contrast has been made unavailable.

Elsewhere Ospreys lock Ian Evans completes his return from injury (knee) to replace Bradley Davies (Blues) who has been ruled out with concussion and Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler replaces another Osprey, Ryan Jones, in the back row – with Jones retained on the bench.

The same backline which started against New Zealand last time out is selected, with Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar coming in for another player returning to his club, Perpignan’s James Hook, in one change to the backs cover provided by the bench.

Uncapped Scarlets tight-head Samson Lee has the potential to make his international debut after joining the training squad on a full time basis this week providing front row cover as a replacement alongside Ospreys prop Ryan Bevington in the final change to the match-day 23.

Lee turns 20 tomorrow (Friday), missing out on the chance to make his debut as a teenager, but he still has the opportunity to pick up the late birthday present of an international cap should he appear from the bench.

“We need to pick up again where we left off in the second half last week,”said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We managed to retain 73% possession after the break against the All Blacks and win the territory battle, and we need to put Australia under similar pressure from the outset.

“We have played them regularly over the last couple of years and have come close to winning on a number of occasions, but have not quite been able to get ourselves over the chalk of the finish line.

“Both sides have had injuries to cope with, but there is every reason for optimism.  The Millennium Stadium crowd will be in full voice again, they were outstanding last week, and we are aiming to reach the end of a tough series on Saturday and finish off on a high.”

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Scott Andrews, Ian Evans, Luke Charteris, Aaron Shingler, Sam Warburton (captain), Toby Faletau?

REPLACEMENTS: Ken Owens, Ryan Bevington, Samson Lee, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, Dan Biggar, Scott Williams

 

  WALES v AUSTRALIA

  15 Leigh HALFPENNY (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,060)?  DoB: 22.12.88. 5’10” / 1.77m. 13st 6lbs / 85kgs?  International record: 38 caps (W 17, L 21; 208 pts – 11T, 12C, 43PG)

  14 Alex CUTHBERT (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,089)?  DoB: 05.04.90. 6’6” / 1.98m. 16st 3lbs / 103kgs?  International record: 12 caps (W 5, L 7; 25 pts – 5T)

  13 Jonathan DAVIES (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,066)?  DoB:05.04.88. 6’1” / 1.86m. 16st 8lb / 105kgs?  International record: 30 caps (W 16, L 14; 40 pts – 8T)

  12 Jamie ROBERTS (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,057)?  DoB: 08.11.86.  6’4” / 1.93m. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs?  International record: 47 caps (W 23, L 24; 25 pts – 5T)

  11 Liam WILLIAMS (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,095)?  DoB: 09.04.91. 6’2” / 1.88m. 13st 6lbs / 86kgs?  International record: 2 caps (W 1, L 1)

 10 Rhys PRIESTLAND (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,080)?  DoB: 09.01.87 1.82m / 6’0”. 15st 0lbs / 95kgs?  International record: 21 caps (W 11, L 10; 53 pts – 1T, 12C, 8PG)

  9 Mike PHILLIPS (BAYONNE – Cap No 1,022)?  DoB: 29.08.82. 6’3” / 1.91m. 15st 10lb / 101kgs?  International record: 71 caps (W 33, L 36, D 2; 40 pts – 8T)

  1 Gethin JENKINS (TOULON – Cap No 1,006)?  DoB: 17.11.80. 6’2” / 1.88m. 19st 1lb / 121kgs?  International record: 93 caps (W 41, L 50, D 2; 20 pts – 4T)

  2 Matthew REES (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,033)?  DoB: 09.12.80. 6’0” / 1.83m. 17st 1lbs / 108kgs?  International record: 56 caps (W 23, L 32, D 1; 10 pts – 2T)

  3 Scott ANDREWS (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,083)?  DoB: 01.08.89. 6’2” / 1.88m. 18st 7lbs / 117kgs?  International record: 4 caps (L 4)

  4 Ian EVANS (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,045)?  DoB: 04.10.84. 6’8” / 2.04m. 18st 3lbs / 116kgs?  International record: 25 caps (W 12, L 12, D 1; 5 pts – 1T)

  5 Luke CHARTERIS (PERPIGNAN – Cap No 1,030)?  DoB: 09.03.83. 6’9” / 2.06m. 19st 10lbs / 125kgs?  International record: 39 caps (W 18, L 21)

  6 Aaron SHINGLER (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,090)?  DoB: 07.08.87. 1.96m / 6’5”. 16st 8lbs / 105kgs?  International record: 3 caps (W 2, L 1)

  7 Sam WARBURTON (CARDIFF BLUES, CAPTAIN – Cap No 1,070)?  DoB: 05.10.88. 1.88m / 6’2”. 16st 4lbs / 103kgs?  International record: 33 caps (W 15, L 18; 10 pts - 2T)

  8 Toby FALETAU (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS – Cap No 1,082)?  DoB: 12.11.90. 1.87m / 6’2”.  17st 5lbs / 110kgs?  International record: 20 caps (W 10, L 10 – 2T)

  REPLACEMENTS

  16 Ken OWENS (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,088)?  DoB: 03.01.87. 6’1” / 1.86m. 17st 3lbs / 109kgs?  International record: 9 caps (W 5, L 4)

  17 Ryan BEVINGTON (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,081)?  DoB: 9.12.88. 6’0”/1.82m. 17st 10lbs / 112kgs?  International record: 8 caps (W 3, L 5)

  18 Samson LEE (SCARLETS – Uncapped)?  Dob: 30.11.92. 1.80m / 5’11”. 18st 2lbs / 115kgs?  International record: Uncapped

  19 Ryan JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,029)?  DoB: 13.03.81. 6’5” / 1.96m. 17st 12lbs / 113kgs?  International record: 69 caps (W 34, L 33, D 2; 10 pts – 2T)

  20 Justin TIPURIC (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,087)?  DoB: 06.08.89. 1.88m / 6’2” 15st 13lbs / 101kgs?  International record: 9 caps (W 4, L 5)

  21 Tavis KNOYLE (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,076)?  DoB: 02.06.90. 6’1” / 1.85m. 14st 5lbs / 91kgs?  International record: 9 caps (W 3, L 6)

  22 Dan BIGGAR (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,063)?  DoB: 16.10.89. 6’2” / 1.88m. 14st 1lbs / 89kgs?  International record: 11 caps (W 5, L 5, D 1; 54 pts – 9C, 12PG)

  23 Scott WILLIAMS (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,084)?  DoB: 10.10.90. 6’0” / 1.83m. 15st 13lbs / 101kgs?  International record: 16 caps (W 8, L 8; 30 pts – 6T)

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