Wales names team for Aussies


Wales have named a side to play Australia in Brisbane this weekend showing four changes from that which sealed a 16-9 victory over France last March to be crowned Champions of Europe and achieve their third Grand Slam in seven seasons.

In the front row Scarlets hooker Ken Owens replaces Matthew Rees and it’s all change in the second row with Bradley Davies (Blues) and Luke Charteris (Dragons) replacing Ian Evans – who joins the tour party immediately after his wedding this weekend – and Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), who moves to the bench.

There is one change to the backline which remained together for the duration of the 2012 RBS Six Nations clean sweep, with Scarlets centre Scott Williams replacing the injured Jamie Roberts (knee).

That means 15 of the players who travelled to Brisbane early last week, and missed Wales’ 30-21 victory over the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, have been handed starting positions with the 16th, uncapped Ospreys centre Ashley Beck, providing cover from the bench.

The rest of the replacements bench is made up of starters from the Baa-Baas victory, each of whom were involved in the match day 22 on Grand Slam day.

Scarlets hooker Rees joins prop Paul James, lock Jones and back row Ryan Jones (all Ospreys) to provide cover for the forwards with Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams and Perpignan pivot James Hook complete the line-up.

“We are well prepared and looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” said Wales caretaker head coach Rob Howley.

“Australia will be disappointed after their defeat to Scotland, but that will make them all the more dangerous for us.

“The Wallabies are still the second highest placed side in the world rankings and we are playing them in their own back yard.

“We all appreciate the enormity of the task ahead of us, the long term stats don’t make happy reading for the Welsh against the Wallabies, but as recently as this season we have two losses racked up against Australian opposition and we are determined to stop that trend.

“We have created some winning momentum, we have a recent home win against the Barbarians to take into this game and have built a certain amount of confidence within the squad.”

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Captain), Toby Faletau
REPLACEMENTS: Matthew Rees, Paul James, Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Ashley Beck


15 Leigh HALFPENNY (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,060)

DoB: 22.12.88. 5’10” / 1.77m. 13st 6lbs / 85kgs

International record: 32 caps (W 17, L 15; 141 pts – 11T, 7C, 24PG)

14 George NORTH (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,078)

DoB: 13.04.92. 6’4″ / 1.92m. 17st 3lbs / 109kgs

International record: 21 caps (W 11, L 9, D 1; 50 pts – 10T)

13 Jonathan DAVIES (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,066)

DoB: 05.04.88. 6’1″ / 1.86m. 16st 8lb / 105kgs

International record: 26 caps (W 16, L 10; 35 pts – 7T)

12 Scott WILLIAMS (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,084)

DoB: 10.10.90. 6’0″ / 1.83m. 15st 13lbs / 101kgs

International record: 12 caps (W 8, L 4; 25 pts – 5T)

11 Alex CUTHBERT (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,089)

DoB: 05.04.90. 6’6″ / 1.98m. 16st 3lbs / 103kgs

International record: 6 caps (W 5, L 1; 15 pts – 3T)

10 Rhys PRIESTLAND (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,080)

DoB: 09.01.87 1.82m / 6’0″. 15st 0lbs / 95kgs

International record: 15 caps (W 11, L 4; 53 pts – 1T, 12C, 8PG)

9 Mike PHILLIPS (BAYONNE – Cap No 1,022)

DoB: 29.08.82. 6’3″ / 1.91m. 15st 10lb / 101kgs

International record: 65 caps (W 33, L 30, D 2; 40 pts – 8T)

1 Gethin JENKINS (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,006)

DoB: 17.11.80. 6’2″ / 1.88m. 19st 1lb / 121kgs

International record: 87 caps (W 41, L 44, D 2; 20 pts – 4T)

2 Ken OWENS (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,088)

DoB: 03.01.87. 6’1″ / 1.86m. 17st 3lbs / 109kgs

International record: 5 caps (W 5)

3 Adam JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,018)

DoB: 08.03.81. 6’0″ / 1.83m. 19st 4lbs / 122kgs

International record: 80 caps (W 40, L 37, D 3; 10 pts – 2T)

4 Bradley DAVIES (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,065)

DoB: 09.01.87. 6’6″ / 1.98m. 19st 4lbs / 122kgs

International record: 33 caps (W 15, L 17, D 1)


DoB: 09.03.83. 6’9″ / 2.06m. 19st 10lbs / 125kgs

International record: 34 caps (W 18, L 16)


DoB: 18.12.87. 1.93m / 6’4″. 18st 0lbs / 114kgs

International record: 24 caps (W 12, L 11, D 1)


DoB: 05.10.88. 1.88m / 6’2″. 16st 4lbs / 103kgs

International record: 27 caps (W 15, L 12; 10 pts – 2T)


DoB: 12.11.90. 1.88m / 6’2″. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs

International record: 16 caps (W 10, L 6; 10 pts – 2T)


16 Matthew REES (SCARLETS, CAPTAIN – Cap No 1,033)

DoB: 09.12.80. 6’0″ / 1.83m. 17st 1lbs / 108kgs

International record: 51 caps (W 23, L 27, D 1; 10 pts – 2T)

17 Paul JAMES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,021)

DoB: 13.05.82. 6’1″ / 1.86m. 18st 2lbs / 115kgs

International record: 35 caps (W 16, L 18, D 1)

18 Alun Wyn JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,046)

DoB: 19.09.85. 6’5″ / 1.96m. 19st 4lbs / 122kgs

International record: 63 caps (W 29, L 34; 35 pts – 7T)

19 Ryan JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,029)

DoB: 13.03.81. 6’5″ / 1.96m. 17st 12lbs / 113kgs

International record: 64 caps (W 34, L 28, D 2; 5 pts – 1T)

20 Lloyd WILLIAMS (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,086)

DoB: 30.11.89. 6’0″ / 1.83m. 14st 1lb / 89kgs

International record: 8 caps (W 6, L 2; 10 pts – 2T)

21 James HOOK (PERPIGNAN – Cap No 1,047)

DoB: 27.06.85. 6’0″ / 1.83m. 15st 2lbs / 96kgs

International record: 63 caps (W 29, L 32, D 2; 346 pts – 13T, 43C, 61PG, 4DG)

22 Ashley BECK (OSPREYS – Uncapped)

DoB: 15.04.90. 6’3″ / 1.91m. 15st 13lbs / 101kgs

International record: Uncapped

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  1. I’m almost ready to punt an up-set despite the odds…

    That has to be the biggest Walsh team on average from 1-22 in their history?

  2. BTW there is the small matter of NZ vs Ireland:
    New Zealand: I Dagg; Z Guildford, C Smith, S B Williams, J Savea; D Carter, A Smith; T Woodcock, A Hore, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, V Vito, R McCaw (capt), K Read.

    Replacements: H Elliott, B Franks, A Williams, A Thomson, P Weepu, A Cruden, B Smith.

    Ireland: R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll (captain), K Earls, Simon Zebo; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, D Fitzpatrick; D Tuohy, D Ryan; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, J Heaslip

    Replacements: S Cronin, R Loughney, D O’Callaghan, Kevin McLaughlin, E Reddan, R O’Gara, D Cave

  3. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 10:54 am:

    Their loosies and locks are units too…

    I’ve got an early wee hedge of Wales $4, Aus $2.7 both 1-12pts pts… shhh… same as the Boks $2.65, Eng $3.6 both 1-12pt…

    Bookies have come back quite a bit now… still cannot believe they were giving the two NH teams such high odds until the teams were announced…

    Only SH win guaranteed this weekend is the AB’s…

    There’s heaps of test rugby this weekend when I looked earlier… Romania/Urugauy, Russia/Italy ‘A’, Argies/Italy, Argies ‘A’/ Portugal (I think)… then the Pac Cup… Samoa/Fiji (going to be a cracker), Tonga/Japan (smarting from their recent loss)… and of course JWC starting soon… lucky it’s pissing down here… old girl wants the garden ‘neatened’ this weekend…

  4. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:27 pm:

    Bwin is giving:
    England 1-12 4 to 1
    England 13+ 11 to 1
    SA with 1-12 2,5 to 1

    NZ 1-12 3 to 1 (Not bad – maybe the Irish can stay within 12!?)

    BTW – we also have the Top 14 final!! Toulon vs Toulouse! :wave:
    Weather here also set to rain tomorrow :bowdown: Sunday could be better

  5. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 3:34 pm:

    Those are still good odds… I got in early on sportsbet and they have gone down quite some…

    Bakkies going to add a Top 14 cup to his world cup, 3N cup, CC, S14 cup?

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 3:39 pm:
    Definitely the biggest Welsh team from 1-22…

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:18 pm:

    Not any more… loosies and locks have gotten lighter of late…

    Welsh U20’s holding their own in the mud in Stellenbosch against NZ…

  6. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 5:48 pm:

    It’s a NH thing… presumably from years of having to compete with massive SH backs (particularly NZ)…

    Loving the way the Welsh U20 are not backing down for these over-aggro Kiwi’s…

    I think the odds were 24-1 for an upset here earlier (surely that cannot be right)?

    Mud fight this… and the Aussie ref not giving in to constant Kiwi questioning…

  7. 3rd upset of the comp…

    IRE beat RSA, Arg beat Aus… and the biggest one of the lot… Wales beat NZ @24-1!!!!!