Wales name side to face Australia this Saturday

Shane Williams will make his final appearance for Wales against the Wallabies on Saturday, in his 87th appearance for his country. Sam Warburton returns to lead the side in his first match for his country since being sent off against France in the Rugby World Cup semi-final. Prop Scott Andrews makes a first appearance, whilst Lloyd Williams partners Rhys Priestland at scrum-half with Mike Phillips in France.

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams, Rhys Priestland, Lloyd Williams; Gethin Jenkins, Huw Bennett, Scott Andrews, Bradley Davies, Ian Evans, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (C), Toby Faletau

REPLACEMENTS: Matthew Rees, Ryan Bevington, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, Dan Biggar, Alex Cuthbert.

13 thoughts on “Wales name side to face Australia this Saturday

  1. Not Dan biggar. Anyone but him. He always seems to me like he has a major attitude problem. Why not Stephen Jones or Jason tovey or even give Matthew Morgan a try out instead.

  2. This is a pretty decent side for a fairly meaningless fixture. Priestland has been playing well since the World Cup, and hopefully the back row can provide some decent ball for him.

    I wonder if Phillips and Hook being abroad is actually a blessing – Gats won’t feel obliged to shoehorn Hook into the backline, and it’s a chance for someone else to come through in place of the hot-and-cold Phillips.

  3. Looking forward to this – plenty of pride on the line for both teams. Given the ambition of both Wales and Australia, this one’s not about the silverware.

  4. Predictions .A pity that injuries in the front five have robbed us of a possible advantage in the scrum .Good to see Ian Evans making a come back though and Wales do need to develop a bit of depth in the front row so a possible blessing in disguise. Bennet deservedly retains his place after a very good World Cup (not words I’d have contemplated typing a few months back ! ).

    Could be a game too far and the Aussies looked sharp last week albeit against a Barbarian side that had done most of it’s training in the team hotel bar.

    However playing at home and the Shane factor should hopefully be enough so Wales by the odd score say 3 points to redress the third place play-off loss.Oh how we will miss the little genius though.

    1. Sorry to say I think the crims will win this.

      Don’t know much about Scott Andrews, but with all due respect I think Wales’s scrum is a shadow of itself when Adam Jones doesn’t play. With him it would have been Wales’s biggest area of advantage. Similarly, Alun-Wyn Jones and the big giraffe Charteris are arguably Wales’s best lineout operators.

      If Wales do manage to get a platform and at least parity in the forwards, I think it will be a tremendous match – I would say these two are the most entertaining in world rugby for creativity, invention and spontaneity in attack.

      Young James O’Connor is just awesome and I expect him to control this game, but then again Sam the captain and the other back-row guys may be able to put him under serious pressure.

      Straya by 8.

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