James on the bench for Scotland clash

13 March 2014

Bath Rugby loosehead Paul James retains his place in the Wales squad to face Scotland this Saturday (kick-off 14.45) as Warren Gatland makes six changes to the starting line-up.

Three come in the backline with Liam Williams (Scarlets) and Mike Phillips (Racing Metro) in for injured duo Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb, at full-back and scrum-half respectively.

Dan Biggar makes his first start of the tournament at fly-half, partnering Phillips at half-back.

In the pack Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) will become Wales' most-capped player when he makes his 105th appearance on Saturday, moving one ahead of Stephen Jones.

Jenkins will feature in a new look front-row alongside Scarlets pair Ken Owens and Rhodri Jones who get their first starts of the campaign.

In the second-row Luke Charteris (Perpignan) returns from injury to take his place alongside Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys).

Wales will be intent on finishing the competition on a high against a Scotland team who are looking for their first victory in Cardiff since 2002.

"Saturday is an opportunity for us to put in a performance we know we can and finish the Six Nations on a high," said Gatland.

"Scotland will come looking to play some rugby and had a morale boosting win against Italy and were unlucky to lose against France in recent weeks.

"We will be looking for a more accurate execution this week to finish with a win at home in Cardiff."

Wales squad to play Scotland: 
Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (CAPT - Cardiff Blues), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan).

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