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Warren Gatland makes six changes for Scotland finale

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Ken Owens is set to start for Wales against Scotland

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WALES coach Warren Gatland has reacted to the miserable defeat to England by making six changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against Scotland in Cardiff.

Fly-half Rhys Priestland, hooker Richard Hibbard and prop Adam Jones are all relegated to the bench following the 29-18 loss.

Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar replaces Priestland, with Scarlets front-rowers Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones preferred to Hibbard and Jones.

Elsewhere, Liam Williams takes over at full-back from dislocated shoulder victim Leigh Halfpenny, scrum-half Mike Phillips returns instead of Rhys Webb, who has an ankle injury, and fit-again lock Luke Charteris is in for Jake Ball.

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Prop Gethin Jenkins, meanwhile, will set a new Wales cap record on Saturday when he makes his 105th Test match appearance.

“Saturday is an opportunity for us to put in a performance we know we can and finish the Six Nations on a high,” said Gatland.

“We’ve made a number of changes and freshened things up with a just a six day turnaround between matches.

“Liam (Williams) and Mike (Phillips) come in with Leigh (Halfpenny) and Rhys (Webb) ruled out and Dan Biggar gets his opportunity at fly-half.

“In the front-row Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones get their chance to start after impressing off the bench and it’s good to have Luke (Charteris) back from injury in the second-row.

“Scotland will come looking to play some rugby and had a morale boosting win against Italy and were unlucky to lose against France in recent weeks.

“We will be looking for a more accurate execution this week to finish with a win at home in Cardiff.”

Wales: L. Williams (Scarlets); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), J. Davies (Scarlets), J. Roberts (Racing Metro), G. North (Northampton); D. Biggar (Ospreys), M Phillips (Racing Metro); G. Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), K. Owens (Scarlets), R. Jones (Scarlets), L. Charteris (Perpignan), A-W. Jones (Ospreys), D. Lydiate (Racing Metro), T. Faletau (Dragons).S. Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt).

Reps: R. Hibbard (Ospreys), P. James (Bath), A. Jones (Ospreys), J. Ball (Scarlets), J. Tipuric (Ospreys), R. Williams (Scarlets), R. Priestland (Scarlets), J. Hook (Perpignan).

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  • AlanofChigwel  |  March 13 2014, 12:24PM

    So he brings back the slowest scrum half in the world! Good thinking Batman........and we've got this prat for another 5 years and Phillips too probably! God help us........