Wales start North at centre against Australia

Wales winger George North is unlikely to return to Wales soon

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named his team to play Australia in the Rugby World Cup Pool A decider and made six changes including starting George North at centre.

Gatland has made six changes to the side and handed Gareth Anscombe his first International start as part of a new-look back three alongside Alex Cuthbert and Liam Williams.

Cuthbert will be making his 40th test appearance since making his debut against Australia back in 2011 whilst Williams returns from injury after missing the victory against Fiji.

George North is named at outside centre and he will partner Jamie Roberts for the third time in midfield.

Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies, who have collected the last two man-of-the-match awards in Wales’ victories continue their partnership at half-back.

Paul James returns from injury to start in the front row alongside hooker Scott Baldwin and prop Samson Lee.

Luke Charteris comes into the starting line-up to partner Alun Wyn Jones who makes his 99th Test appearance.

Captain Sam Warburton switches to blindside flanker and features alongside fellow British and Irish Lions Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.

“Saturday is another huge encounter and both sides will be coming in with momentum and looking to top Pool A,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.

“We have been impressed with Australia so far in this competition and we know a step up is required at Twickenham this weekend. It is still all to play for in terms of the knock-out phases.

“We’ve trained well this week, had a full squad to pick from and it is great to welcome back players from injury.”

Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis and Tomas Francis are named as the front-row replacements with Jake Ball and Ross Moriarty completing the forward contingent. Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland and James Hook provide the back line cover.


Gareth Anscombe , Alex Cuthbert , George North , Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams , Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Paul James , Scott Baldwin , Samson Lee , Luke Charteris , Alun Wyn Jones , Sam Warburton (c), Justin Tipuric , Taulupe Faletau .

Replacements: Ken Owens , Aaron Jarvis , Tomas Francis , Jake Ball , Ross Moriarty , Lloyd Williams , Rhys Priestland, James Hook.

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