Wales duo Alex Cuthbert and Scott Williams have returned from injury to be named in the starting line-up for the Dove Men Series finale against Australia on Saturday.
Williams has recovered from a toe injury to be named in the midfield against the Wallabies and will line-up alongside Cardiff Blues centre Owen Williams, who scored on his first outing at the Millennium Stadium last Friday.
Cuthbert, who has scored nine tries in his 18 appearances for Wales, will line-up in an experienced back-three with George North and Cardiff Blues’ Leigh Halfpenny. At half back, Dan Biggar and Mike Phillips continue their partnership which has seen them feature six times together this year.
“It’s great to have Alex and Scott available and they bring a lot of experience into the backline,” said Gatland. “Alex and the medical teams have worked really hard to ensure he is ready for this weekend and it’s great to be able to bring him back into the side. We thought Owen (Williams) performed well in the centre against Tonga and he gets another opportunity on Saturday.
“There is a lot of experience in the pack for what is going to be a very physical game. We are looking to finish the series off well, the last three games against Australia have gone right down to the wire and I don’t expect anything different this weekend.”
What do you make of the Wales team? Will they beat Australia on Saturday?
Wales team to play Australia:
Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Owen Williams (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Unattached), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets).