Wales make six changes for Scotland in Six Nations

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes to the team that lost to England for this weekend’s Six Nations match against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Three changes are in the backline with Liam Williams and Mike Phillips in for injured duo Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb, at full-back and scrum-half respectively.

Dan Biggar makes his first start of the tournament at fly-half, partnering Phillips at half-back.

The rest of the backs remain unchanged from Sunday’s game at Twickenham with Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies named in the centre and Alex Cuthbert and George North on the wings.

In the pack Gethin Jenkins will become Wales’ most-capped player when he makes his 105th appearance on Saturday, moving one ahead of Stephen Jones.

Jenkins will feature in a new look front-row alongside Scarlets pair Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones who get their first starts of the campaign.In the second-row Luke Charteris returns from injury to take his place alongside Alun Wyn Jones .

The back-row remains unchanged with captain Sam Warburton playing alongside Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau .

Wales will be intent on finishing the competition on a high against a Scotland team who are looking for their first victory in Cardiff since 2002.

“Saturday is an opportunity for us to put in a performance we know we can and finish the Six Nations on a high,” said Gatland.

“We’ve made a number of changes and freshened things up with a just a six day turnaround between matches.

“Liam (Williams) and Mike (Phillips) come in with Leigh (Halfpenny) and Rhys (Webb) ruled out and Dan Biggar gets his opportunity at fly-half.

“In the front-row Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones get their chance to start after impressing off the bench and it’s good to have Luke (Charteris) back from injury in the second-row.

“Scotland will come looking to play some rugby and had a morale boosting win against Italy and were unlucky to lose against France in recent weeks.

“We will be looking for a more accurate execution this week to finish with a win at home in Cardiff.”

Ospreys duo Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones drop to the bench and are named alongside Paul James , Jake Ball and Justin Tipuric as the forward replacements.

Scarlets half-backs Rhodri Williams and Rhys Priestland are joined by Perpignan’s James Hook as backs cover.

Wales

Liam Williams , Alex Cuthbert , Jonathan Davies , Jamie Roberts , George North , Dan Biggar , Mike Phillips , Gethin Jenkins , Ken Owens , Rhodri Jones , Luke Charteris , Alun Wyn Jones , Dan Lydiate , Sam Warburton (C), Taulupe Faletau .

Replacements: Richard Hibbard , Paul James , Adam Jones , Jake Ball , Justin Tipuric , Rhodri Williams , Rhys Priestland , James Hook

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