Cardiff - Wales have named two uncapped players in their side to face
Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday with Rhys Carre and wing Owen Lane set to
Carre and Lane, who played in the same Wales U18 and U20 sides
together, will feature for their country for the first time in a team
captained by Josh Navidi.
Carre will pack down in the front-row alongside Scarlets pair Ryan
Elias and Samson Lee. Ospreys duo Adam Beard and Bradley Davies form the
Aaron Shingler and James Davies are named in the back-row alongside captain Navidi.
Jarrod Evans makes his first start for Wales and links up with Aled
Davies at halfback. Owen Watkin and Scott Williams line up in the
centre with Lane, Steff Evans and Hallam Amos making up the back three.
“It is a great opportunity for Rhys and Owen, they have worked hard
all summer to get to this point so it will be good for them to get their
first international caps and put their hands up for RWC selection after
the match,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
“For Josh, it’s a huge honour to be named captain, he has been hugely
consistent for us, he has really impressed in the last couple of
seasons and he will lead from the front of Saturday and it is a great
compliment for him to be awarded the captaincy.
“Saturday is a really big game for the players and I’m really excited
about the challenge for this Welsh team. There is so much at stake in
terms of RWC selection with a number of positions still up for grabs it
will be huge game.”
Elliot Dee, Rob Evans and Leon Brown provide the front-row cover with
Jake Ball and Ross Moriarty completing the forward contingent. Tomos
Williams, Rhys Patchell and Jonah Holmes are named as the backline
15 Hallam Amos, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Josh Navidi (captain), 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Bradley Davies, 4 Adam Beard, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rhys Carre
Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Jonah Holmes