Biggar starts for Wales against Scotland

Wales are worried about the fitness of Dan Biggar

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has retained the starting team that played to a draw with Ireland in their Six Nations opener for Scotland on Saturday.

There was concern for Dan Biggar who injured his ankle early in the match and had to leave the field in Dublin and was replaced by Rhys Priestland.

However Biggar has recovered from the ankle injury and retains his place in the starting line up which keeps Priestland on the bench.

Jonathan Davies will win his 50th cap in the midfield when he runs out to face Scotland this weekend.

Wales’ first game at Principality Stadium will see Gareth Davies and Biggar continue their partnership at half-back with Jonathan Davies lining up once again alongside Jamie Roberts in the midfield.

The back three remains the same from the side that started in Dublin with Tom James and George North on the wings and Liam Williams at full-back.

The forwards remain unchanged with Scarlets props Rob Evans and Samson Lee packing down alongside Scott Baldwin in the front-row. Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones start their fourth consecutive match together in the second-row.

Captain Sam Warburton continues at blindside flanker with Justin Tipuric on the openside and Taulupe Faletau at number eight.

“It’s great to be able to name an unchanged side, with Dan coming through, fit and ready to play,” said Gatland.
“It’s a reward for some players who put in a great shift in Dublin whilst we will be asking a little more of some of the players as well.

“It’s great to see Jonathan reach his 50th cap and continue his impressive international partnership with Jamie in the midfield.

“We were impressed with the impact from the bench last week and that will be just as vital this weekend in what s going to be a tough battle.”

On the bench Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins and Tomas Francis provide the front-row cover. Bradley Davies, who made his 50th appearance for Wales in Dublin, and Dan Lydiate round off the forward contingent. Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland and Gareth Anscombe provide the backline cover.

Wales

Liam Williams (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Tom James (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues).

 

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