Wales team to play Australia in 1st Test

Rob Howley has named a strong starting XV for Wales 1st Test with Australia in Brisbane, making four changes from the side that beat France to clinch the Grand Slam. Ken Owens, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris and Scott Williams all come into the side, with Sam Warburton continuing as captain. The uncapped Ashley Beck is named on the bench.

15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Scott Williams, 11. Alex Cuthbert, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Mike Phillips; 1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Adam Jones, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8. Toby Faletau


16. Matthew Rees, 17. Paul James, 18. Alun Wyn Jones, 19. Ryan Jones, 20. Lloyd Williams, 21. James Hook, 22. Ashley Beck

6 thoughts on “Wales team to play Australia in 1st Test

  1. Duh, there’s a decent set of props, isn’t it? Let’s hope the ref (C Joubert of RWC final ‘fame’) has the cojones to penalise any week props, in the manner of R Poite (Rabo final) and not wimp out as W. Barnes did in the Bordeaux HC semi.

    1. this is the same R Poite who didnt award a penalty try after 3 plus scrum collapses and a yellow card at the end of the first half of rabo final? however I agree he was still better than Barnes…

      looks a good team, priestland needs a good game… hope JD & SW are 100% after their injuries

    2. “and not wimp out as W. Barnes did in the Bordeaux HC semi.”

      now now jealousy gets u nowhere. That reads as “I’m jealous no Welsh team has it in them to win away in Bordeaux”. Calm down, you’ll get your chance..

      When a Welsh club wins a single Heineken cup, you can say things like that and not come across as jealous. I suppose all 6 Irish club wins were flukes, or bad referee calls. Welsh clubs will follow in these footsteps and have club success in Europe, like any good sheep follows..

      1. “Comes across” to whom?

        There is no mention of anything Welsh in my comment, and there was nothing to do with Wales in the match …

        … though Wayne did go to a school that’s in Wales, just :)

  2. At least he got the yellow card out, twice. Many refs don’t do enough to discourage the tactic of weaker packs avoiding the contest.

  3. I can’t wait to see a proper ball player in at 12 rather than Roberts who mainly is used to get Wales on the front foot. How will this change the game plan?
    Loads of pressure on this wales team to perform, hope they don’t crack…
    Always thought north and cuthbert on the wings is a bit one dimensional. Would have liked to see young Robinson in for cuthbert to compliment norths power and offloading skills.

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