Wales name experienced side to face South Africa

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an experienced side to play the Springboks in the first test in Durban on Saturday with Adam Jones winning his 100th cap.

Jones will make his 100th International appearance in the game at Kings Park in Durban, in a match that will be his 95th cap for Wales (five appearances for the British and Irish Lions).

Gatland has named two uncapped players in his match day squad with Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies and Ospreys’ Matthew Morgan, who both impressed in recent outings, named as replacements.

At half-back Mike Phillips and Dan Biggar continue their partnership as do Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies in the midfield.

British and Irish Lions, George North and Alex Cuthbert line-up on the wings with Liam Williams starting at full-back.

In the pack, Adam Jones is joined in the front-row by Gethin Jenkins, who will be making a record 106th appearance for Wales, and Ken Owens.

Luke Charteris will partner captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second-row with Aaron Shingler joining Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau in the back-row.

“We started the tour well on Tuesday against EP Kings but it’s important we go out on Saturday and perform to the level we know we can,” said Gatland.

“A test series in South Africa is always a tough challenge, but we are excited by it and looking forward to getting out there on Saturday.

“A lot of this side have experienced playing over here before in big games and this week is no different, it’s going to be a brilliant occasion, the atmosphere will be electric and hopefully it will be a great test match.

“As coaches we have been impressed in training over the last couple of weeks and there were a couple of tough calls to make but it’s great guys like Gareth and Matthew have a chance after putting their hands up.”

Matthew Rees’ remarkable return is capped with a place in the Test squad and he features on the bench will fellow front-row replacements Paul James and Samson Lee. Ian Evans and Josh Turnbull complete the forward contingent with James Hook joining Davies and Morgan as cover for the backline.


Liam Williams , Alex Cuthbert , Jonathan Davies , Jamie Roberts , George North , Dan Biggar , Mike Phillips , Gethin Jenkins , Ken Owens , Adam Jones , Luke Charteris , Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) , Dan Lydiate , Aaron Shingler , Taulupe Faletau .

Replacements: Matthew Rees , Paul James , Samson Lee , Ian Evans , Josh Turnbull , Gareth Davies , James Hook , Matthew Morgan

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