The new Welsh coach has had a difficult campaign so far, losing to Ireland, France and England following an opening day win over Italy.
Beaten last weekend by the English at Twickenham, Pivac has opted to shake things up ahead of an afternoon where captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal the world record for Test appearances on Saturday as he draws level with New Zealand’s Richie McCaw on 148 appearances.
Jones will line-up alongside Cory Hill in the second row, who makes his first start for Wales since February 2019.
Wyn Jones and uncapped prop WillGriff John come into the front row for Wales alongside Ken Owens, while the back row remains unchanged with Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi packing down together.
Rhys Webb starts at nine in the only change in the backline. He partners Dan Biggar at half-back, with Hadleigh Parkes and Nick Tompkins in the midfield. Liam Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny make up the back-three.
“Saturday is a great opportunity for us to wrap up the campaign with a big performance at home in Cardiff,” said Wales boss Wayne Pivac.
“We want to finish with the performance we know we can deliver and we have been working hard to get there.
“Alun Wyn is one of the most iconic figures in the game, he is our leader and I’m delighted for him as he continues to set the bar across the game.”
Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre and Leon Brown provide the front row replacements with Will Rowlands and Taulupe Faletau completing the forward contingent. Gareth Davies, Jarrod Evans and Johnny McNicholl provide the backline cover.
— Welsh Rugby Union ? (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 12, 2020
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