Wales have made four changes to their Guinness Six Nations starting XV to play England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Liam Williams comes into a hugely experienced back-three alongside fellow British and Irish Lions George North and Leigh Halfpenny.
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Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones partner again in the second row, with Jones setting another Welsh record by becoming his country’s most capped player in the Six Nations with 57. In the back row, Navidi comes in to link up with Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric.
“We’ve had a good two weeks and we are really excited about heading up to Twickenham for what will be a huge Six Nations clash,” said Wales boss Wayne Pivac. “We have had the chance to put the disappointments of the loss to France behind us and we know heading to London we need to be more clinical in attack and convert the opportunities that we are creating.
“Liam’s return to full fitness is positive after the loss of Josh (Adams), as is the return of Josh Navidi. We have been targeting this game for both of their returns and they have trained really well so it’s a great opportunity for them on Saturday.”
On the bench Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre and Leon Brown provide the front row cover with Aaron Shingler and Taulupe Faletau completing the forward contingent. Rhys Webb, Jarrod Evans and Johnny McNicholl provide the backline cover.
A Welsh Rugby Union statement also clarified the selection of North following his concussion versus France. “George has been in full training and has completed all protocols. All testing has been undertaken with the addition of a globally renowned concussion expert reviewing George’s return (which was proactively sought by the WRU medical team).”
The WRU added that Sam Davies was officially called into Wales’ squad earlier this week.
WALES (vs England, Saturday)
15. Leigh Halfpenny (88 Caps)
14. George North (94 Caps)
13. Nick Tompkins (3 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (28 Caps)
11. Liam Williams (62 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (82 Caps)
9. Tomos Williams (19 Caps)
1. Rob Evans (38 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (65 Caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (25 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (45 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (137 Caps)
6. Ross Moriarty (44 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (75 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (23 Caps)
16. Ryan Elias (12 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (7 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (9 Caps)
19. Aaron Shingler (26 Caps)
20. Taulupe Faletau (75 Caps)
21. Rhys Webb (32 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (6 Caps)
23. Johnny McNicholl (3 Caps)
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