Six Nations

Wales leave out concussed North

2015-02-11 14:34
George North (AP)

London - Wales coach Warren Gatland has made one change to the team that lost to England, bringing in wing Liam Williams for the Six Nations clash on Sunday against Scotland.

Scarlets back Williams replaces George North, who was knocked out in the 21-16 defeat at home by England last weekend.

North is currently symptom free and whilst nearing the conclusion of the graduated return to play protocol, Gatland "took the decision to allow him an elongated recovery period in light of his recent concussive episode in the autumn period", the Welsh Rugby Union said in a statement.

The one change results in the same starting backline that beat South Africa 12-6 in the final autumn international taking to the field at Murrayfield, Edinburgh this weekend.

Ospreys duo Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar continue their partnership, as do Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies in midfield. Williams comes in to join the back three alongside Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny.

The pack remains unchanged with a front-row of Gethin Jenkins, making his 50th Six Nations appearance, Richard Hibbard and Samson Lee.

Lee also suffered concussion in the England game and is currently also undergoing the graduated return to play protocol which will be concluded later in the week.

Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball continue in the second row alongside an unchanged back row of Dan Lydiate, captain Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau.

"The response from the players has been very positive in training this week and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to right last weekend's wrongs," said Gatland.

"Scotland started the tournament well against France, building on their autumn campaign and they will be looking forward to welcoming us to Edinburgh this weekend.

"We know what we need to do and we hope our performance can reflect that.

"We have taken the decision to give George an extended recovery period ahead of the game against France, in light of his concussion in the autumn."

Scott Baldwin, Paul James and Aaron Jarvis form the front-row cover on the bench, with Luke Charteris and Justin Tipuric completing the forward contingent. Mike Phillips, Rhys Priestland and Scott Williams provide the backline cover.

Teams:

Scotland:

TBA

Wales:

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Sampson Lee, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.

Substitutes: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Scott Williams

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