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Priestland named in Wales squad for trip to Twickenham

8 March 2016

Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland could face several of his Bath Rugby teammates in Saturday's match against England at Twickenham (kick-off 16.00). 

Warren Gatland has named an unchanged XV, with former Bath loosehead Paul James among the changes on the bench, as the Club's recruit for next season, lock Luke Charteris, and scrum-half Rhys Webb coming into the matchday squad.

James replaces Gethin Jenkins who continues to recover from a calf injury but has been re-integrated back into training. Charteris has come through training positively following his knee injury and returns to the side and Webb, who was called into the squad earlier this week, is also named as scrum-half cover.

Front-row trio Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee pack down for a fourth consecutive RBS 6 Nations match together.

In the second row Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones, who boast more than 150 International caps between them continue their partnership and it is an unchanged back row of Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and another Bath Rugby recruit for 2016/17, Taulupe Faletau.

Man of the match against France, Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar continue at half-back with Jamie Roberts partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield. Alex Cuthbert, George North and Liam Williams are named as the back three.

“We’ve named a pretty experienced side for Saturday, no changes in the starting team, I thought they did pretty well against France and we are looking for them to do a job for us this weekend,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.
“We have a couple of guys back from injury on the bench, Luke Charteris, Paul James and Rhys Webb and that is a bonus.

“There is a huge amount to play for on Saturday and it will go a long way to deciding the Six Nations.

“We are happy with the blend of our side.  We have a very experienced back five in the pack, blended with the youth up from and that balance is really pleasing.”
“It’s great to have Rhys back in the squad.  He has been training really hard and brings a lot of energy and experience to the team.”

Ken Owens and Tomas Francis join James as the front row replacements. Charteris and Justin Tipuric complete the forward contingent. Webb, Priestland and Gareth Anscombe are cover for the backs.
 
Wales team to play England:

15 Liam Williams (Scarlets)
14 Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues)
13 Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont)
12 Jamie Roberts (Harlequins)
11 George North (Northampton Saints)
10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys)
9 Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
1 Rob Evans (Scarlets)
2 Scott Baldwin (Ospreys)
3 Samson Lee (Scarlets)
4 Bradley Davies (Wasps)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
6 Dan Lydiate (Ospreys)
7 Sam Warburton (c)
8 Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)

Replacements

16 Ken Owens (Scarlets)
17 Paul James (Ospreys)
18 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)
19 Luke Charteris (Racing 92)
20 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys)
21 Rhys Webb (Ospreys)
22 Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby)
23 Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues)

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