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Warren Gatland makes six changes for Scotland clash

Updated: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 16:32 | Comments

Mike Phillips returns as one of six changes to the Wales starting line-up
Mike Phillips returns as one of six changes to the Wales starting line-up

Warren Gatland has made six changes to the Wales starting line-up for their clash with Scotland on Saturday.

Speaking about the selection, Gatland said: “We’ve made a number of changes and freshened things up with a just a six day turnaround between matches”.

Liam Williams comes in at fullback to replace the injured Leigh Halfpenny. Gatland changed his half-back pairing, Dan Biggar starting at 10 in place of Rhys Priestland, who drops to the bench, and Mike Phillips coming in for the injured Rhys Webb.

In the pack, too, Gatland has made changes. Adam Jones and Richard Hibbard are both dropped from the front row to the bench, and are replaced by Rhodri Jones and Ken Owens, respectively.

Luke Charteris takes his place in the second, having missed the defeat to England through a late injury. Andrew Coombs drops out of the match-day 23.

Gethin Jenkins will becomes Wales’ most-capped player on Saturday, his 105th cap moving him ahead of Stephen Jones.

Gatland said that Scotland would come to Wales to play, following a “morale-boosting” win over Italy.

Wales team v Scotland: 15 Liam Williams; 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North; 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Rhodri Jones; 4 Luke Charteris, 5 Alun Wyn Jones; 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton (Capt), 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Paul James, Adam Jones, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Rhodri Williams, Rhys Priestland, James Hook

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