Gareth Anscombe RETAINS Wales No 10 jersey against Australia with Dan Biggar named on the bench as Josh Adams comes in to start on the wing
- Wales have named their squad to take on Australia in Cardiff this Saturday
- After impressing against Scotland, Gareth Anscombe keeps the No 10 shirt
- Dan Biggar, along with fellow Lion Liam Williams, have been named on the bench
- Josh Adams replaces Luke Morgan, who is dropped completely, on the wing
Wales drafted English-based duo Tomas Francis and Josh Adams straight back into their side to face the Wallabies on Saturday – but Dan Biggar and Liam Williams only make the bench.
Those four were unavailable last weekend as they play in the Premiership and the Scotland match fell outside of the agreed international window.
But now they are back to add fire-power to the Welsh side.
Dan Biggar has retained his place at fly-half for Wales’s game against Australia on Saturday
Dan Biggar comes into the squad after joining up from Northampton but starts on the bench
Tomas Francis is an England-based player who has been drafted into the starting XV
Worcester’s Adams comes in for sevens star Luke Morgan on the wing, and Exeter’s Francis plays tighthead over Dillon Lewis.
Gareth Anscombe keeps the No 10 shirt, holding off the challenge from Northampton Saints playmaker Dan Biggar, and Leigh Halfpenny and George North make up the rest of the back-three with Adams, meaning Saracens’ Williams has to wait for his 49th cap.
Adam Beard also comes in for Cory Hill, lining up alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second-row.
‘Adam impressed in the summer as did Josh Adams and they deserve the chance to start,’ said head coach Warren Gatland.
‘There is a really good balance to the team, a lot of competition which is exactly what we wanted.
‘The bench is packed with quality and experience and it will be great to see them have an impact on Saturday.’
Worcester flyer Josh Adams has been named on the wing in place of Luke Morgan
British and Irish Lion Liam Williams (L) also joined up with the squad bit was named on bench
15. Leigh Halfpenny (79 Caps)
14. George North (77 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (66 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (9 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (4 Caps)
10. Gareth Anscombe (19 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (34 Caps)
1. Nicky Smith (22 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (58 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (33 Caps)
4. Adam Beard (5 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (118 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Dan Lydiate (63 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (58 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (24 Caps)
16. Elliot Dee (11 Caps)
17. Rob Evans (28 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (6 Caps)
19. Cory Hill (19 Caps)
20. Ellis Jenkins (8 Caps)
21. Tomos Williams (3 Caps)
22. Dan Biggar (62 Caps)
23. Liam Williams (48 Caps)
15. Dane Haylett-Petty (28 Tests)
14. Israel Folau (70 Tests)
13. Samu Kerevi (22 Tests)
12. Kurtley Beale (81 Tests)
11. Sefa Naivalu (8 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley (65 Tests)
9. Will Genia (97 Tests)
1. Scott Sio (52 Tests)
2. Tolu Latu (10 Tests)
3. Allan Alaalatoa (30 Tests)
4. Izack Rodda (14 Tests)
5. Adam Coleman (28 Tests)
6. Jack Dempsey (7 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (88 Tests)
8. David Pocock (75 Tests)
16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (86 Tests)
17. Sekope Kepu (100 Tests)
18. Taniela Tupou (9 Tests)
19. Rob Simmons (91 Tests)
20. Ned Hanigan (18 Tests)
21. Nick Phipps (70 Tests)
22. Matt Toomua (39 Tests)
23. Jack Maddocks (5 Tests)
Wales have not beaten Australia for a decade, losing 13 in a row, so are keen to rid themselves of the curse.
‘We were pleased to get a good opening win under our belts last weekend and this Saturday is all about building on that,’ added Gatland.
‘With selection we wanted some continuity and to be consistent but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity.’
Meanwhile the dual breakdown menaces David Pocock and Michael Hooper start at No 8 and openside flanker respectively for Australia.
Michael Cheika has made four changes to his side, bringing in Adam Coleman at lock, Jack Dempsey and Samu Kerevi and Sefa Naivalu has been preferred to Marika Koroibete on the left edge.
Israel Folau moves back to the right wing.
Breakdown menaces Michael Hooper (L) and David Pocock at No 7 and No 8 for the Wallabies
The tourists’ star man in the back line, Israel Folau, moves back to the right wing
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