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Jones returns to captain Wales against England

Jones returns to captain Wales against England

Jones returns to captain Wales against England

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is back in the starting XV for his side’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with England in Llanelli on Saturday.

The 35-year-old was rested for last weekend’s 18-0 win over Georgia but returns to win his 151st international cap in the second row.

Jones and Jake Ball line up behind an all-Scarlets front row of Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias and Samson Lee, while Taulupe Faletau is joined by Cardiff Blues duo Shane Lewis-Hughes and James Botham in the back row.

Lloyd Williams and Dan Biggar will link up at half-back and centres Johnny Williams and Nick Tompkins retain their places following last weekend’s success.

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Louis Rees-Zammit, who marked his first Wales start with a try last time out, starts on the right wing and is joined by Josh Adams and Leigh Halfpenny in the back three.

Wales could draw level on points with England at the top of Group A if they win with a try bonus point and deny their visitors a losing bonus point on Saturday and head coach Wayne Pivac is relishing “another great opportunity for this squad.”

“It is another chance for us to take what we have been doing in training and take that into matchday and we are looking forward it,” Pivac added.

“We know what we need to do and we are focused on that for Saturday.”

Wales team to play England

15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (92 caps)

14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester) (2 caps)

13. Nick Tompkins (Dragons) (7 caps)

12. Johnny Williams (Scarlets) (1 cap)

11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (28 caps)

10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (86 caps)

9. Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) (30 caps)

1.Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (28 caps)

2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (16 caps)

3. Samson Lee (Scarlets) (44 caps)

4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (48 caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (141 caps) (CAPTAIN)

6. Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues) (2 caps)

7. James Botham (Cardiff Blues) (1 cap)

8. Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (79 caps)

Replacements

16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (31 caps)

17. Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues) (11 caps)

18. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (50 caps)

19. Will Rowlands (Wasps) (3 caps)

20. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (25 caps)

21. Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (35 caps)

22. Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (2 caps)

23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (24 caps)

 

 

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