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Wales name 11 Lions in their starting team

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 5 Nov 2013 at 17:47
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The Wales side to face the Springboks this Saturday, 17:30 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff has been named and having seen the strength of the Welsh side, the starting line-up featuring 11 players that were involved in the recent British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, Heyneke Meyer may just have been deterred from experimenting too much with his side to be named tomorrow.

These two sides have come up against each other on 26 different occasions with the Welsh only managing one victory (in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium) and managing a draw one other time in 1970. Clearly the record books favour the Boks to take this one, but this Welsh side has a much stronger look than what they have put up in recent years. Not only did they take the Six Nations title last year by completing a grand slam, but defended their title again this year.

Rhys Priestland slots back into the Welsh fly-half spot and after a year of absence he and flanker Dan Lydiate who formed part of the 2012 grand slam winning team, will add great value to an already strong side. Priestland is joined by Mike Phillips in a familiar partnership, while Lydiate will join his British and Irish Lions teammates for this match.

At age 21 George North’s big frame is already a very familiar figure to South Africans. Making his debut against South Africa when he was only 18 years old, North scored two tries in a closely contested match at the Millennium Stadium, South Africa just taking that match by 29 – 25. North will be joined in a dangerous back three by another promising youngster, as 21 year old Eli Walker will be making his debut. The back three will be completed by Leigh Halfpenny at fullback to form a unit that will keep the Springbok defence on their toes.

With the success Wales have achieved over the past few years, it is surprising to note that they are looking for their first win on an end of year tour since 2009, emphasizing the dominance of Southern Hemisphere teams once again. Their is no doubting that in spite of their underdog tag this year, they will be a different challenge to what the Boks have seen in the past. And you know what they say about the underdog, with the quality of the Welsh side this year, South Africa should count on a huge fight on Saturday.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Eli Walker, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Liam Williams.


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