Cardiff - Fly half Dan Biggar was on Thursday named in an unchanged Wales team
for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland in Cardiff after
overcoming an ankle injury.
A sprained ankle forced Biggar to
hobble off during the first half of last weekend's 16-16 draw with
Ireland in Dublin, which saw Rhys Priestland take his place.
the Ospreys number 10 is fit enough to retain his place in Warren
Gatland's starting XV, with the fit-again Gareth Anscombe replacing Alex
Cuthbert among the replacements in the only change to the match squad.
great to be able to name an unchanged side, with Dan coming through,
fit and ready to play," head coach Gatland said in a Welsh Rugby Union
(WRU) press release.
"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."
Biggar was one of Wales's stand-out
performers during their run to the World Cup quarter-finals in October
and has become a vital component for Gatland.
Gatland has again picked captain Sam Warburton at blindside flanker, while Justin Tipuric continues at number seven.
Davies will win his 50th cap and lines up alongside Jamie Roberts at
centre for the 41st time in Tests, with Anscombe offering cover across
the back division from the bench.
"It's great to see Jonathan
reach his 50th cap and continue his impressive international partnership
with Jamie in the midfield," Gatland added.
"We were impressed
with the impact from the bench last week and that will be just as vital
this weekend in what is going to be a tough battle."
beaten Scotland in eight successive Tests since Gatland took charge in
2008 and the Scots have not won in the Welsh capital since a 27-22
victory in 2002.
Welsh Grand Slam and Triple Crown hopes were
nixed by the draw at the Aviva Stadium, but they remain strong
candidates for the title, with three of their remaining four matches at
Wales: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tom James, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton (captain), 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Rob Evans
Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Gareth Anscombe
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Substitutes: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Blair Cowan, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Lamont