Wales go with experience for Springboks
June 12, 2014
Adam Jones will bring up a century of caps on Saturday © Getty Images
Adam Jones will win his 100th international cap after being named in an experienced Welsh outfit for Saturday's first Test against South Africa.
Just two uncapped players feature in Wales' matchday squad with both named on the bench - scrum-half Gareth Davies and versatile back Matthew Morgan. It is a XV packed with experience with Jones making his 95th appearance for Wales but with his five British & Irish Lions caps, he brings up a Test century.
He is joined in Wales' front-row by Ken Owens and Gethin Jenkins with Alun Wyn Jones skippering the side from the second-row with Luke Charteris. Aaron Shingler, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau complete the pack.
At half-back Mike Phillips and Dan Biggar line-up with Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies in the centres. Alex Cuthbert, George North and Liam Williams are the back three.
Alongside the two uncapped player on the bench is Matthew Rees and he is joined by Samson Lee, Paul James, Josh Turnbull, Ian Evans and James Hook.
"We started the tour well on Tuesday against EP Kings but it's important we go out on Saturday and perform to the level we know we can," said Gatland. "A Test series in South Africa is always a tough challenge, but we are excited by it and looking forward to getting out there on Saturday.
"A lot of this side have experienced playing over here before in big games and this week is no different, it's going to be a brilliant occasion, the atmosphere will be electric and hopefully it will be a great test match.
"As coaches we have been impressed in training over the last couple of weeks and there were a couple of tough calls to make but it's great guys like Gareth and Matthew have a chance after putting their hands up."
Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: Matthew Rees (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Bath), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys).
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