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Dan Lydiate returns from injury to lead Wales against Kings

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 07, 2014

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BRITISH Lions flanker Dan Lydiate returns from injury to lead Wales against Eastern Province Kings in the opening match of their South Africa tour in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (6pm UK time).

Lydiate has recovered from a hamstring problem that forced him to miss the recent Probables v Possibles trial in Swansea.

Matthew Morgan, who starred in that trial, gets the nod at full-back, while Scarlets flyer Jordan Williams is handed his chance on the wing.

Alex Cuthbert, who along with Lydiate is likely to start the first Test against the Springboks in Durban next Saturday, is named on the other wing,

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"It's an opportunity to see a number of squad pull on the Wales jersey and represent their country and see how they handle the game and the pressure," said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

"We know how tough the next few weeks are going to be and that starts on Tuesday and we have to be prepared for a big game and hit the ground running.

"We were keen to have this match, to experience a short turn around and replicate what we will face at the World Cup next year.

"That preparation is well under way and Tuesday is a great opportunity for players who have impressed this season and at the trial to stake their claim on the international stage."

Scarlets prop Samson Lee has recovered from his wrist injury and is named among the replacements.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY EASTERN PROVINCE KINGS:

Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Steven Shingler (Scarlets), Jordan Williams (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Capt) (Racing Metro), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys).

Replacements: Matthew Rees (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

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