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Adams returns as Wales host Georgia

International | 15th November 2022

Josh Adams returns to the Wales starting line-up as they welcome Georgia to Principality Stadium on Saturday (KO 1pm).All five of Cardiff’s international contingent are included in the matchday 23, with Adams immediately reinstated into the starting line-up after recovering from a wrist injury.Rhys Priestland is handed the number 10 jersey, having featured as a replacement in last week’s win over Argentina.The playmaker will form a half back partnership with Cardiff team-mate, Tomos Williams, who keeps hold of the number nine jersey after a try-scoring display against Los Pumas.Dillon Lewis is retained at tighthead, while Taulupe Faletau is included amongst the replacements after a Player of the Match performance last time out.Former Cardiff academy scrum half Dane Blacker, now of Scarlets, is also named on the bench and is in the frame for his first senior international cap. The other uncapped players named by Wayne Pivac are Scarlets’ Josh MacLeod, who takes over from Faletau in the eight jersey, and Exeter’s Dafydd Jenkins, who was called up following injury to Will Rowlands.Further changes to the XV sees Ben Carter, Jac Morgan and Owen Watkins promoted from the bench, while Leigh Halfpenny, Sam Costelow and Bradley Roberts come onto the bench.The clash will be a prequel to next year’s Rugby World Cup, where the sides will face off in the pool stages.

Wales senior men’s team to play Georgia in the Autumn Nations Series Saturday 19 November, KO 1pm GMT. Live on Prime Video (English and Welsh broadcasts) with highlights on S4C.

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)

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)