Josh Adams in action for Wales against England last season. Pic: Getty Images.

Gatland Makes Three Changes For Wales Clash With Australia

Wales have made three changes to their starting XV to face Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.

Tomas Francis, Adam Beard and Josh Adams all come into the starting XV from the side that beat Scotland in Wales’ opening Under Armour Series clash.

Worcester flier Adams has got the nod ahead of British and Irish Lions star Liam Williams who starts on the bench.

As does Dan Biggar with Cardiff Blues’ Gareth Anscombe keeping the No 10 spot following the victory over Scotland.

Tight-head prop Francis is recalled in place of Dillon Lewis while Beard comes in for Cory Hill in the second row.

Williams, Adams, Francis and Biggar were all unavailable last weekend because they play for English clubs, and the match fell outside World Rugby’s international window.

Warren Gatland has rewarded players for their summer tour performances in his selection with Adams the only change in the backline.

He features in the back-three alongside Leigh Halfpenny and George North with Scarlets duo Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies named in midfield.

Anscombe and Gareth Davies continue their partnership at half-back.

In the pack Francis comes into the front-row alongside Nicky Smith and Elliot Dee.

Beard, who started both tests against Argentina in the summer, packs down alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones. The back-row of Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty remains unchanged from the opening encounter.

Wales extended their unbeaten run to six matches with victory over Scotland and Gatland is challenging his players to make it seven on Saturday.

“We were pleased to get a good opening win under our belts last weekend and this Saturday is all about building on that,” said 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.

Garland has rewarded players who impressed in the summer tours. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

“Adam (Beard) impressed in the summer as did Josh (Adams) and they deserve the chance to start. 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.”

Wales’ experienced replacements bench features Elliot Dee, Rob Evans and Dillon Lewis as the front-row replacements with summer tour co-captains Cory Hill and Ellis Jenkins completing the forward contingent. Tomos Williams and British & Irish Lions duo Dan Biggar and Liam Williams provide the backline cover.

WALES SQUAD TO PLAY AUSTRALIA (Saturday November 10 KO 17.20)
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)

REPLACEMENTS:
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)

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