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Lewis drafted into starting line-up as Wales take on Pumas

International | 10th November 2022

Dillon Lewis has been drafted into the starting line-up for Wales’ Autumn Nations Series encounter with Argentina on Saturday (KO 5.30pm).

The Cardiff prop was a replacement in last week’s defeat to New Zealand but joins club team-mates Tomos Williams and Taulupe Faletau in Wayne Pivac’s starting XV this week.

Rhys Priestland, who wore the number 10 jersey against the All Blacks, is retained in the matchday 23 and is named on the bench.

With Argentina heading into the clash on the back of an impressive win over England at Twickenham, Lewis is one of three changes made.

Former Cardiff wing, Alex Cuthbert, has recovered from injury to take his place on the wing, as Louis Rees-Zammit lines up at full-back.

Gareth Anscombe switches to outside half, and the only other change to the starting line-up sees Dan Lydiate handed the number six jersey and captain Justin Tipuric moves across to openside.

Props Rhodri Jones and Sam Wainwright are named on the bench for the first time during this campaign, along with Ben Carter and Jac Morgan.

Head coach Pivac said:  “Dillon had done well in South Africa. This is probably the last opportunity to give guys starts and learn as much as we can. Both Dillon and Dan Lydiate have trained well.

“There are some changes among the replacements. There are some niggles that players pick up in games and in training, so some guys have been left out to get themselves 100% right for next week. Some boys we want to have a look at across the competition so in the case of Nicky Smith and Rhodri Jones that’s certainly what we wanted to do the first couple of games.

“We saw last week what Argentina are capable of. They’re a very big team, very strong up front. They have expanded their attacking game and they took an excellent try against England from the set play. They’ve knocked over some big scalps in the last 18 months, New Zealand being one of them.

“They are going to be a big challenge but one we’re looking forward to. After last week’s performance we need a reaction from our team.”

Wales: Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby – 20 caps); Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys – 52 caps), George North (Ospreys – 106 caps), Nick Tompkins (Saracens – 24 caps), Rio Dyer (Dragons – 1 cap); Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys – 33 caps), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby – 37 caps); Gareth Thomas (Ospreys – 14 caps), Ken Owens (Scarlets – 83 caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby – 42 caps), Will Rowlands (Dragons – 22 caps), Adam Beard (Ospreys – 38 caps), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys – 68 caps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys – 86 caps) captain; Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby – 92 caps)

Replacements: Ryan Elias (Scarlets – 31 caps), Rhodri Jones (Dragons – 21 caps), Sam Wainwright (Saracens – 2 caps), Ben Carter (Dragons – 6 caps), Jac Morgan (Ospreys – 3 caps), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets – 15 caps), Rhys Priestland (Cardiff Rugby – 53 caps), Owen Watkin (Ospreys – 34 caps)