Cape Town - Ospreys wing Luke Morgan will make his Wales debut against Scotland at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Wales' record try-scorer on the world sevens circuit, returned to Welsh
regional side the Ospreys this season after six years playing in the
Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate, whose last
international appearance was 11 months ago, was recalled to a Wales team
announced on Thursday, with veteran lock Alun Wyn Jones captaining a
side that contains seven British and Irish Lions Test players.
Cardiff Blues back Gareth Anscombe is at flyhalf for only his fourth
start in the No 10 shirt in 19 Tests while centre Jonathan Davies, the
Lions player of the series in their drawn 2017 campaign against New
Zealand returns after nearly a year out of Test action with a foot
Because this match falls outside World Rugby's official
window for November Tests, foreign clubs are not obliged to release any
of their Wales players for Saturday's fixture.
So Wales will be without their English Premiership quartet of Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, Josh Adams and Tomas Francis.
Gatland, now back with the Wales camp after returning to his native New
Zealand last week following the death of his father, will still be
fielding a hugely experienced side with nearly 650 caps between them.
are excited to kick off our autumn campaign on Saturday and it was
great to welcome Warren back yesterday," said Wales assistant coach Rob
Howley on Thursday.
"Warren has been in constant dialogue with us over the past week and we have selected a very strong squad for this weekend."
Wales and Lions scrumhalf Howley added: "It is great to reward players
on form and we are looking forward to seeing Luke make his debut on the
"He has come through the Sevens system, he will bring a point of difference to the squad and it's a great opportunity for him."
who beat Scotland 34-7 in this year's Six Nations in Cardiff, have not
lost at home to the Scots since a 27-22 defeat in 2002 when opposition
coach Gregor Townsend was still playing for the Dark Blues.
the Scottish Rugby Union, who announced their team on Wednesday, and
their Welsh counterparts have been accused of devaluing their annual
clash in the Six Nations by taking the unusual step of agreeing to play
each other in November.
There were also complaints that spectators
had been led into thinking a portion of their ticket money for the
Doddie Weir Cup fixture would go towards raising money for the charity
of the former Scotland lock, who is suffering from Motor Neurone
Initially both the SRU and the Welsh Rugby Union said the
fixture was designed to "raise awareness" of MND, but on Monday,
following a public outcry, both governing bodies announced they would
donate a joint six-figure sum "directly from the proceeds of Saturday's
fixture" to the My Name's Doddie Foundation.
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Luke Morgan, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith
Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Steff Evans
15 Blair Kinghorn; 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones; 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Ali Price; 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie; 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis; 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally (captain), 1 Allan Dell
Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Matt Fagerson, 21 George Horne, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Darcy Graham