Wales name James on the bench

6 November 2012

Paul James will start on the bench for Wales this weekend as they face Argentina in the Dove Men Series opener at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm).

Elsewhere in the team former Bath tighthead Aaron Jarvis will make his international debut having been named to start in the front row.

"One or two injuries have forced our hands in certain areas in terms of selection, but the fact that we are still able to field a side packed with Grand Slam experience shows that we have been able to develop some depth in recent years," said Wales interim head coach Rob Howley.

"There are obvious opportunities for the likes of Aaron (at prop), Tavis at scrum-half and Josh in the back row, to pull on the jersey against Argentina and try to make it their own.

"We all know how important a good start against the Pumas will be to our November series, they arrive battle-hardened after a tough Rugby Championship campaign.  They will be looking to silence the Millennium Stadium crowd from the outset and we know we can't afford to let that happen, with a successful campaign this Autumn vital to our ambitions for the future."


  15 Leigh HALFPENNY

  14 Alex CUTHBERT

  13 Scott WILLIAMS

  12 Jamie ROBERTS

  11 George NORTH

  10 Rhys PRIESTLAND  

  9 Tavis KNOYLE

  1 Gethin JENKINS

  2 Matthew REES

  3 Aaron JARVIS

  4 Alun Wyn JONES

   5 Ian EVANS



  8 Toby FALETAU


  16 Richard HIBBARD


  18 Paul JAMES

  19 Rob McCUSKER

  20 Justin TIPURIC

  21 Mike PHILLIPS

  22 James HOOK

  23 Liam WILLIAMS

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