Wales have today announced an unchanged starting XV to face Scotland this Saturday as fly-half Dan Biggar has been passed fit to play.
During the squad announcement this morning, the WRU were pleased to announce that despite having to be removed from play after only 20 minutes after receiving a knock to his ankle off the kick-off Biggar has successfully managed to quickly overcome his injury to retain his spot in the team at the expense of Rhys Priestland.
Centre Jonathan Davies is also set to make his 50th cap for his nation and head coach Warren Gatland told WRU TV that he is pleased to have a full squad available:
It’s great to name an unchanged side, see Jonathan (Davies) make his 50th cap and Dan (Biggar) coming through.
Emotionally we need to start a bit better & be pretty fired up for home because Scotland will really come at us.
Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made one change to the side that lost to England last weekend and is eager to right the wrongs after being left disappointed with a poor performance as his side were unable to build on their impressive performances during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Saracens centre Duncan Taylor has been awarded a starting berth in place of the injured Matt Scott who limped out of training yesterday to partner Mark Bennett in the back line whilst Sean Lamont takes the vacant place on the bench.
The match in Cardiff on Saturday will be Taylor’s first start for Scotland since his side’s 2014 summer tour win over USA and the 26-year-old will be hoping to build upon his 14 test caps.
As both side’s enter the second week of the RBS Six Nations still looking for a win, Cotter told Scottish Rugby:
This group have worked exceptionally hard this week to improve their accuracy under pressure after a frustrating opening game against England. We created opportunities that could have been capitalised upon, and converted into points.
As a team we know we can perform better and believe we’re capable of making improvements all over the park. We know that Wales in Cardiff will not be easy but our focus is on improving our attacking and defensive mindset.
Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Tom James; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton (capt), Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Dan Lydiate, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Anscombe.
Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Duncan Taylor, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, John Hardie, David Denton.
Stuart McInally, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Blair Cowan, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Duncan Weir, Sean Lamont.