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Navidi retains number eight jersey for Six Nations finale

International | 12th March 2020


Josh Navidi has retained his starting spot for Wales' final Guinness Six Nations clash against Scotland on Saturday.

The Cardiff Blues back row made an impressive return from injury during last week's defeat at Twickenham, and keeps his place in an unchanged back row.

Wayne Pivac has made a total of four changes, with two Cardiff Blues academy products called into the pack. Will Griff John is in-line for his Test debut in the front row, while Cory Hill returns to the second row.

The Dragons lock partners Alun Wyn Jones, who will equal Richie McCaw's world record for Test appearances on 148.

Wyn Jones is introduced into the front row, while Rhys Webb starts at scrum half as the only change in the back line.

Head coach Pivac said: “Saturday is a great opportunity for us to wrap up the campaign with a big performance at home in Cardiff.

“We want to finish with the performance we know we can deliver and we have been working hard to get there.

“Alun Wyn is one of the most iconic figures in the game, he is our leader and I’m delighted for him as he continues to set the bar across the game.”‚Äč

Cardiff Blues playmaker Jarrod Evans continues his role on the bench, alongside fellow academy product Rhys Carré, who now plies his trade with Saracens.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY SCOTLAND (Saturday March 14 14.15 BBC & S4C)

15. Leigh Halfpenny (89 Caps)
14. George North (95 Caps)
13. Nick Tompkins (4 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (29 Caps)
11. Liam Williams (63 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (83 Caps)
9. Rhys Webb (33 Caps)


1. Wyn Jones (25 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (66 Caps)
3. WillGriff John (*Uncapped)
4. Cory Hill (25 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (138 Caps)
6. Ross Moriarty (45 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (76 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (24 Caps)

Replacements:

16. Ryan Elias (13 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (8 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (10 Caps)
19. Will Rowlands (1 Cap)
20. Taulupe Faletau (76 Caps)
21. Gareth Davies (53 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (6 Caps)
23. Johnny McNicholl (4 Caps)