Record 11 changes by Wales

2011-09-24 07:40

Auckland - Veteran flyhalf Stephen Jones returned to the starting line-up Saturday as Wales announced a record 11 changes for their World Cup Pool D game against Namibia.

Captain Sam Warburton at flank, second row Alun Wyn Jones, number eight Toby Faletau and centre Jonathan Davies were the only surviving starters from last week's win over Samoa.

Jones, 33, absent for both Wales's opening games, will earn his 101st cap and appear at his fourth World Cup on Monday in New Plymouth, equalling the team record for the tournament set by Gareth Thomas.

Coach Warren Gatland's sweeping changes were the most made between World Cup games by Wales, who are now in their seventh campaign.



15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Van Wyk, 13 Piet Van Zyl, 12 Darryl De La Harpe, 11 Danie Dames, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7 Jacques Burger (captain), 6 Tinus Du Plessis, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Jan Du Toit, 2 Hugo Horn, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys

Substitutes: 16 Bertus O'Callaghan, 17 Raoul Larson, 18 Wacca Kazombiaze, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ryan De La Harpe, 21 TC Losper, 22 David Philander


15 Lee Byrne, 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Ryan Jones, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Craig Mitchell, 2 Lloyd Burns, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Luke Charteris, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 Rhys Priestland, 22 George North


  • nzbro - 2011-09-24 08:13

    its a bit late to bring Stephen Jones on now. where was he for the major matches...pity.

      JohnPicarra - 2011-09-24 09:23

      He was scouring New Zealand for proper food, like Piri-Piri Chicken, and Prego Roll! He could only find it in Nelson! Tasty Buggers!

      nzbro - 2011-09-24 10:20

      oh. there are more options in nz for good and more healthy food at cheaper prices all over nz than in africa

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