Wales team to play Australia in 2nd Test

Rob Howley has made four chances to his Wales side for the 2nd Test in Melbourne. Ashley Beck wins his 2nd cap at inside centre, with Matthew Rees, Alun Wyn Jones and Ryan Jones all coming into the pack. Richard Hibbard and Justin Tipuric, with Luke Charteris and Scott Williams joining them.

15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Ashley Beck, 11. George North, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Mike Phillips; 1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Matthew Rees, 3. Adam Jones, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8. Ryan Jones


16. Richard Hibbard, 17. Paul James, 18. Luke Charteris, 19. Justin Tipuric, 20. Lloyd Williams, 21. James Hook, 22. Scott Williams

5 thoughts on “Wales team to play Australia in 2nd Test

  1. Few more in form Ospreys players picked which is good , suprised Ian Evans isn’t even on the bench though. Priestland given another chance in my view though Rob Howley has bigged up his defensive effort last week .

    Struggle at the breakdown again and Tipuric deserves to be given a chance.

  2. interesting one, harsh on Ken Owens and had hoped Ian Evans would be in, hopefully he will get a go for 3rd test. I enjoyed listening to the Aussie commentators of the midweek game who delighted in describing Richard Hibbard as looking like “the Shane Warne of rugby front rowers”.

    Exciting for Ashley Beck. I’m not confident at all but if this team gets beat by more than last week then at least they might throw in a few new combinations on the 3rd test and get something more out of it.

  3. Can’t believe Ian Evans is not included and shocked behind the logic of picking Priestland again – hope to be proved wrong

  4. Not sure I would have kept faith with Priestland. Halfpenny had to take over the kicking duties in the 6 Nations and the Aussies completely dented him last time out. I have to confess I have never really been convinced by him, but he did turn in some tidy performances in the World Cup. I would bring in Hook – his defence is better and his experience will settle the forwards with field position and give the backs ball they can really work with.

    1. The Western Mail which does do a lot of tub-thumping on Hook’s behalf said he could do no more to justify his inclusion following the Brumbies game.

      However BBC Wales’ Gareth Charles said he saw the best and worst of him in that game. Hard to pick up on his performance with no full tv coverage just edited highlights on the WRU web-site .

      It seems Hook”s game direction went a bit astray in the second half his concentration has been known to wander for all his flashes of brilliance so he didn’t get the call for this test.

      Also part of the problem has been put down to the Welsh centres rustiness last week with both coming back from injuries also normally Wales and Priestland can usually rely on Jamie Roberts coming on to a flat ball to take pressure off.Perhaps Beck’s greater creativity will help relieve the load a bit at least let’s hope so .

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