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Adams returns for Test Series decider in Cape Town

International | 14th July 2022

Josh Adams returns to Wales’ starting line-up for the third and deciding Test match against South Africa on Saturday.

The Cardiff star is the only change made to Wayne Pivac’s starting line-up for the Cape Town clash, a week after crossing for the decisive score in Wales’ first ever victory against Springboks in their own back yard. The score was the wing’s 20th in Wales colours, which takes him level with Gerald Davies, Gareth Edwards and Tom Shanklin on the all-time men’s try scoring list.

He replaces Alex Cuthbert on the wing, with the former Blue and Black returning to Wales following a shoulder injury sustained in the first half in Bloemfontein last week.

British and Irish Lions wing, Adams, is one of six Blue and Blacks stars involved in the matchday squad, with prop Dillon Lewis passed fit after being forced off with injury last week.

The academy graduate is joined in the pack by the in-form Taulupe Faletau, with Liam Williams once again lining up in the number 15 jersey.

Tomos Williams and Josh Navidi will feature on the bench again, as Ospreys centre Owen Watkin comes in to replace Cuthbert in the 23.

Louis Rees-Zammit and Gareth Anscobe are amongst the former Cardiff players involved.

Wales senior men’s team for the 3rd Test against South Africa (Saturday 16 July, KO 4.05pm BST. Live Sky Sports with highlights on S4C)

15. Liam Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 80 caps)
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 18 caps)
13. George North (Ospreys – 104 caps)
12. Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 22 caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby – 41 caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints – 102 caps), captain
9. Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 13 caps)
1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 12 caps)
2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets – 29 caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 40 caps)
4. Will Rowlands (Dragons – 20 caps)
5. Adam Beard (Ospreys – 36 caps)
6. Dan Lydiate (Ospreys – 67 caps)
7. Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers – 2 caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 91 caps)

16. Dewi Lake (Ospreys – 7 caps)
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets – 44 caps)
18. Sam Wainwright (Saracens – 1 cap)
19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys – 152 caps)
20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby – 32 caps)
21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 35 caps)
22. Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys – 32 caps)
23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 32 caps)