Wales name team to play Japan

walesWales have named four uncapped players in their starting XV for their game against Japan in Osaka on Saturday.

Wales Under 18 wing Dafydd Howells, Blues and sevens centre Owen Williams, Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips and Ospreys’ James King will all make their international debuts at Hanazono Field. Phillips will be partnered in the front-row by Six Nations squad members Ryan Bevington and Scott Andrews, while tour captain Bradley Davies will pack down alongside his club teammate Lou Reed.

In the back-row Andrew Coombs is at blindside for the first time for Wales, while Rob McCusker makes his first start at no.8.

Lloyd Williams and Dan Biggar, who both played in all five Six Nations matches, partner each other at half-back.

Jonathan Spratt makes his first appearance for Wales since 2009 and lines up alongside Williams in the centres.

Under 20 wing Harry Robinson will earn his second cap and Howells, who recently won the Principality Premiership Newcomer of the Season award, starts on the other wing. Liam Williams is at full-back and will make his fourth appearance for Wales.

“The squad have really worked hard over the last couple of weeks and they are ready to get out and play,” said head coach for the Japan tour Robin McBryde.

“We have been impressed with training and all the boys have put their hand up to try and get into the test team. They are eager to get out there now, pull on the jersey and show what they can do. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them and they know the importance of wearing the jersey and representing our nation.”

Wales: 15 Liam Williams (Scarlets) 14 Harry Robinson (Blues) 13 Owen Williams (Blues) 12 Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys) 11 Dafydd Howells (Ospreys) 10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys) 9 Lloyd Williams (Blues) 1 Ryan Bevington (Ospreys) 2 Emyr Phillips (Scarlets) 3 Scott Andrews (Blues) 4 Bradley Davies (CAPT) (Blues) 5 Lou Reed (Blues) 6 Andrew Coombs (Dragons) 7 James King (Ospreys) 8 Rob McCusker (Scarlets).
Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Rhys Gill (Saracens), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Andries Pretorius (Blues), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Rhys Patchell (Blues), Tom Prydie (Dragons).

4 thoughts on “Wales name team to play Japan

  1. Decent selection but all goes a bit crazy at the back row. Coombes, king and mccusker, three 6s? With another on the bench in pretorius. What’s happened to navidi?!

  2. My son’s kicking coach, Patchell, gets his first senior bench and hopefully his first cap. He’s a product of our club and has been putting a lot of his own time there in the last few years to coach the under 10s/11s. Very, very happy to see him in the squad.

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