Autumn Nations Series, Wales: Pivac picks MacLeod in line-up for Georgia

Autumn Nations Series, Wales: Pivac picks MacLeod in line-up for Georgia
Autumn Nations Series, Wales: Pivac picks MacLeod in line-up for Georgia
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Several changes for the Dragons in view of Saturday’s match against the Lelos, debut for the third line of the Scarlets

Wayne Pivac announced Wales lineup for Georgia – ph. Sebastian Pessina

Ahead of their usual schedule, Wales have announced their squad to face Georgia at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday 19 November, with kick-off at 14:00.

The main novelty of Wayne Pivac’s picks is the No. 8 selection of Scarlets third row international debutant Josh MacLeod.

MacLeod, born in 1996, had already touched his debut earlier. During the 2021 Six Nations he had been included in the 23 Welshmen who would have challenged Scotland, but he was seriously injured during the last training session before the match.

A year and a half later, here is the new opportunity for the player, who usually wears the number 7 shirt of the Llanelli franchise, but has been selected in place of Taulupe Faletau, who will sit on the bench.

At his side captain Tipuric and Jac Morgan, MacLeod’s former teammate now at the Ospreys.

In the second row there will be Adam Beard and Ben Carter, in front Ken Owens helms a front row with Gareth Thomas and Dillon Lewis.

The backline sees the return of No. 10 Rhys Priestland alongside Tomos Williams, while Louis Rees-Zammit is confirmed at fullback with the returning Josh Adams and Alex Cuthbert flanking. In between will be Owen Watkin and George North.

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Two other newcomers are on the bench: second row Dafydd Jenkins and scrum-half Dane Blacker.

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15. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 21 caps)
14. Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys – 53 caps)
13. George North (Ospreys – 107 caps)
12. Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 35 caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby 42 – caps)
10. Rhys Priestland (Cardiff Rugby – 54 caps)
9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 38 caps)
1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 15 caps)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets – 84 caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 43 caps)
4. Ben Carter (Dragons – 7 caps)
5. Adam Beard (Ospreys – 39 caps)
6. Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 4 caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys – 87 caps) captain
8. Josh Macleod (Scarlets – uncapped)

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16. Bradley Roberts (Dragons – 2 caps)
17. Rhodri Jones (Dragons – 22 caps)
18. Sam Wainwright (Saracens – 3 caps)
19. Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs – uncapped)
20. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 93 caps)
21. Dane Blacker (Scarlets – uncapped)
22. Sam Costelow (Scarlets – 1 cap)
23. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets – 96 caps)

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