Wales team to face South Africa

Wales have made four changes to the team that lost to Australia on Saturday for this weekend’s clash with the Springboks.

Welsh fans will be mightily relieved to see Lee Byrne back in at full-back, with James Hook restored to the centres, whilst the young talent of George North comes in at wing for Will Harries. Martyn Williams returns at flanker, with Ryan Jones and Andy Powell on the bench.

15 Lee Byrne; 14 George North, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 James Hook, 11 Shane Williams; 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips;
1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Matthew Rees (C), 3 Adam Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Martyn Williams, 8 Jonathan Thomas

16 Huw Bennett, 17 Paul James, 18 Ryan Jones, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Richie Rees, 21 Andrew Bishop, 22 Chris Czekaj

4 thoughts on “Wales team to face South Africa

  1. I didn’t think Phillips was bad last week although Richie Rees did seem to have more buzz about him. However Phillips adds more in defense as he tackles and steals like a back-row. Plus he’s exempt from questioning since his Lions heroics until such a time as he chooses to call it a day!

  2. I’ve never seen what all the fuss was about re: Phillips. Did well for the Lions in the 2nd and 3rd Tests but I wouldn’t call it heroics, and apart from that doesn’t seem to have much of a rugby brain and seems slow with a poor pass. Could be missing something though. He’s a good rugby player. A quality scrum half though?

  3. I have to be honest we miss henson in the centre, even for his big tackles and boot, phillips adds another flanker into the mix. Richie rees though takes wales make to grandslam peel where its quick ball fast pace wales. Last week our back line showed no imagination. I personaly can not see why prydie not even on the bench. he is a good player.

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