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Gatland makes three changes for Boks’ clash

  • Wales take on South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday in the final eight
  • Warren Gatland makes three changes for quarter-final
  • Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau play together for a seventh time at a RWC
  • The Welsh have only beaten South Africa twice in 31 previous meetings
Wales have recalled Tyler Morgan, Gethin Jenkins and Dan Lydiate to their starting XV ahead of their RWC quarter-final against  South Africa on Saturday.

Twice-capped Morgan, who started Wales 23-13 win against Fiji during the pool stages, comes into the team to combine with experienced international Jamie Roberts in the midfield while George North moves out to his preferred wing position.

British and Irish Lion Gethin Jenkins returns for Paul James at loose-head prop.

Flanker Dan Lydiate is recalled to the starting team, resuming his partnership with Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau. The game will be the seventh time the trio have lined up together at an RWC, which is a new record.


LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Warren Gatland, Head Coach of Wales looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland, Head Coach of Wales looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “After coming through an incredibly tough Pool, we are excited to be in the quarter-finals and returning to Twickenham.

“The physicality and intensity of the matches so far will stand us in good stead for what is going to be a huge battle against the Springboks.

“They have grown game on game in this tournament and we know the challenge that faces us from a talented South African side.”

Wales have only beaten South Africa twice in 31 previous meetings but did come out the winners the last time the pair clashed, winning 12-6 at the Millennium Stadium last November.


Wales: 15 G Anscombe, 14 A Cuthbert, 13 T Morgan, 12 J Roberts, 11 G North 10 D Biggar, 9 G Davies, 1 G Jenkins, 2 S Baldwin, 3 S Lee, 4 L Charteris, 5 A W Jones, 6 D Lydiate, 7 S Warburton, 8 T Faletau
Replacements: 16 K Owens, 17 P James, 18 T Francis, 19 B Davies, 20 J Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 R Priestland, 23 J Hook