Wales team to play Tonga

walesWales have made eleven changes for the clash against Tonga on Friday evening with Newport Gwent Dragons’ Hallam Amos making his debut on the wing in a side captained by Ryan Jones.

In the midfield Ashley Beck makes his first start of the Dove Men Series after featuring from the bench in the opening two games. He is joined in the centre by Cardiff Blues’ Owen Williams who will earn his third cap after making his debut on the summer tour to Japan.

Perpignan’s James Hook has been named at fly-half alongside Lloyd Williams at scrum-half.

In the pack Bath prop Paul James and Scarlets hooker Ken Owens come into the starting-line up to join Rhodri Jones in the front-row. In the second-row Luke Charteris starts for the first time this autumn and will play alongside British and Irish Lions second-row Ian Evans who returns from injury to take his place in the side.

Justin Tipuric retains the number seven jersey and is joined in the back-row by Andrew Coombs, who features for the first time in the series. Ryan Jones lines-up at number eight and the record holding captain will lead Wales for the 33rd time on Friday.

On the replacements bench Scarlets back Jordan Williams is called into the squad for his first taste of international rugby at senior level. He is joined by Ospreys prop Ryan Bevington and Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips who made his debut in Japan in the summer. Samson Lee who won his first cap against Argentina is again on the bench. Uncapped scrum-half Rhodri Williams lines-up alongside regional half-back partner Rhys Priestland.

Wales team to play Tonga:
Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Owen Williams (Cardiff Blues), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), James Hook (Perpignan), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Bath), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys – capt).
Replacements: Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Jordan Williams (Scarlets).

3 thoughts on “Wales team to play Tonga

  1. Interesting side.

    I am sure we’ll see a lot more of Jordan Williams in the not too distant future. Lets hope those Tongan ruffians don’t break him.

  2. Looks to me like the team is designed to play a more expansive game & not take the Tongans on in a physical battle, probably a good decision as Wales are already missing some of their heavy hitters & don’t want to risk any more injuries. Hope it is an open game & Wales can utilise the wide spaces that Hook ( hopefully ) can open up .

  3. I suspect that Wales might struggle in this game. It was always a trap game and I’m not convinced that Wales have shown the Tongans the respect they deserve.

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