Gatland gifts Amos 21st present

2015-09-24 18:24

London - Hallam Amos's 21st birthday present from coach Warren Gatland is a place in the starting line-up for the crunch Rugby World Cup Pool A clash with hosts England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Amos replaces the experienced Alex Cuthbert, who drops to the replacements bench after a series of disappointing performances, in a starting XV patched together after injuries cost Gatland several key players over the past few weeks.

There is no place for experienced scrum-half Mike Phillips -- who was called up when first choice Rhys Webb was ruled out of the tournament before it got underway.

England and Wales -- who both still have two-time champions Australia to play in their Pool of Death -- won their opening matches against Fiji and Uruguay respectively.

Team (15-1)

Liam Williams; George North, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt), Dan Lydiate; Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies; Tomas Francis, Scott Baldwin, Gethin Jenkins

Replacements: Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Alex Cuthbert.

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