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Rugby-Williams to start as Wales look to finish season on a high

Scrumhalf Tomos Williams has been recalled to the Wales starting XV as one of seven changes by coach Wayne Pivac for their international with Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.

Rugby-Williams to start as Wales look to finish season on a high

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Wales v Argentina - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - July 10, 2021 General view as the players shake hands after the match REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

REUTERS: Scrumhalf Tomos Williams has been recalled to the Wales starting XV as one of seven changes by coach Wayne Pivac for their international with Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday.

Williams impressed off the bench in last weekend’s 20-20 draw between the sides, and will form a half-back pairing with Cardiff teammate Jarrod Evans.

Wing Tom Rogers earns a second cap in a back three that also includes Hallam Amos and Owen Lane, while Nick Tompkins has been recalled to partner captain Jonathan Davies at centre.

Prop Gareth Thomas makes a first start in a front three in the scrum alongside Leon Brown and Elliot Dee. Flanker Josh Turnbull replaces the injured Aaron Wainwright with Ross Moriarty moving to number eight.

"We have freshened the squad up a bit, giving others an opportunity to impress and they are eager to make a big impression," Pivac said in a media release from Welsh Rugby on Thursday.

"It is another exciting opportunity to face a quality outfit and we can still win the series, which would be a great way to finish our season.

"We were all frustrated after drawing last weekend and felt we left a number of opportunities out on the pitch."

Wales team:

1 Gareth Thomas (Ospreys) (2 caps)

2 Elliot Dee (Dragons) (39 caps)

3 Leon Brown (Dragons) (19 caps)

4 Ben Carter (Dragons) (2 cap)

5 Will Rowlands (Dragons) (9 caps)

6 Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby) (12 caps)

7 James Botham (Cardiff Rugby) (8 caps)

8 Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (47 caps)

9 Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby) (24 caps)

10 Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby) (7 caps)

11 Tom Rogers (Scarlets) (2 caps)

12 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (90 caps)

13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens) (12 caps)

14 Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby) (3 caps)

15 Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby) (24 caps)

Replacements

16 Sam Parry (Ospreys) (4 caps)

17 Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (20 cap)

18 Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby) (30caps)

19 Matthew Screech (Cardiff Rugby) (Uncapped)*

20 Taine Basham (Dragons) (2 cap)

21 Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (6 caps)

22 Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (11 caps)

23 Uilisi Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby) (6 caps)

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Source: Reuters

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