Saturday 24 August 2019

Adams gets welsh call

Wales head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: Reuters
Wales head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: Reuters

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Wales in name, Scarlet by nature. Coach Warren Gatland has chosen 10 players from the famous Llanelli region in his team to face Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday - and even the sole non-Scarlet in the backline used to play for them.

Josh Adams was released as an academy player at Parc y Scarlets after only one senior appearance. But, three years later, after resurrecting his career at Worcester, the 22-year-old winger has earned his international debut with George North on the casualty list.

Rhys Patchell earns the nod for the fly-half berth left vacant by Dan Biggar's injury. And for the first time since 1891 an all-Llanelli, or Scarlets, front-row has been selected for Wales. Plenty will be expected from Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee.

Justin Tipuric only makes the bench, with Gatland keeping faith in Josh Navidi, who made such an impact on the openside in the autumn series. Aaron Shingler keeps his place on the blindside as Ross Moriarty fills the sizeable hole left by Taulupe Falateu. The No 8 is one of seven from the 2017 Lions party unavailable, with North, Liam Williams, Biggar, Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies and Rhys Webb also injured.  

Subscribe to The Left Wing, Independent.ie's Rugby podcast in association with Laya Healthcare, with Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery for the best discussion and analysis each week. From in depth interviews with some of Irish rugby's biggest stars to unmatched insights into the provinces and the national team, The Left Wing has all your rugby needs covered.

Listen and subscribe to The Left Wing on iTunes and Soundcloud

International Rugby Newsletter

Rugby insights and commentary from our renowned journalists like Neil Francis, Will Slattery, Alan Quinlan & Cian Tracey.

Irish Independent

The Left Wing: The 'hell' of World Cup training camp, Ireland's half-back dilemma and All Blacks uncertainty

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport