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Wales rotate squad for final pool match against Georgia

By Josh Raisey
Wales/ PA

Warren Gatland has rotated his Wales squad for their final pool match against Georgia on Saturday in Nantes, making six changes from the side that beat Australia two weeks ago to secure their quarter-final place.


Although they have already qualified, Wales still need a point to guarantee they top Pool C, assuming Fiji pick up a bonus point against Portugal in their final match of the pool.

Gareth Anscombe starts at fly-half after Dan Biggar suffered a chest injury against in the record 40-6 win over the Wallabies, with Sam Costelow providing cover on the bench. Scrum-half Tomos Williams and winger Rio Dyer are the other two newcomers in the backline from that victory, replacing Gareth Davies and Josh Adams, respectively.

In the pack, Dewi Lake returns to captain the side at hooker, with flanker Jac Morgan being rested completely. Tommy Reffell takes Morgan’s place in the No7 jersey. The final change in the starting XV is in the second-row, where Dafydd Jenkins replaces Adam Beard.

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Wales XV
15. Liam Williams (Kubota Spears – 87 caps)
14. Louis Rees Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 30 caps)
13. George North (Ospreys– 116 caps)
12. Nick Tompkins (Saracens– 30 caps)
11. Rio Dyer (Dragons– 12 caps)
10. Gareth Anscombe (Suntory Sungoliath – 37 caps)
9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby– 51 caps)
1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys– 24 caps)
2. Dewi Lake (Ospreys– 10 caps) captain
3. Tomas Francis (Provence Rugby – 75 caps)
4. Will Rowlands (Racing 92 – 27 caps)
5. Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs– 10 caps)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons– 41 caps)
7. Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers– 11 caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby– 103 caps)

16. Elliot Dee (Dragons– 45 caps)
17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys– 45 caps)
18. Henry Thomas (Montpellier – 3 caps)
19. Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs– 8 caps)
20. Taine Basham (Dragons– 15 caps)
21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets – 72 caps)
22. Sam Costelow (Scarlets – 6 caps)
23. Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby– 5 caps)


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sean 44 minutes ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so., this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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Michael 1 hours ago
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