Wednesday 13 November 2019

Davies back for Wales

Wales player Jonathan Davies has been sidelined since injuring a pectoral muscle during the defeat by South Africa in November
Wales player Jonathan Davies has been sidelined since injuring a pectoral muscle during the defeat by South Africa in November

Jonathan Davies, who controversially kept Brian O'Driscoll out of the Lions team for the decisive third Test in Australia last summer, is poised to return to the Wales side to face England at Twickenham on Sunday.

The centre proved his fitness during the Scarlets' victory against Munster last Saturday. The 25-year-old will be monitored again today and if there is no adverse reaction to his 65-minute display against Munster it is expected that he will be at outside-centre when Warren Gatland announces his team tomorrow.

That will pave the way for George North, who switched to centre against Ireland, to return to the wing, with Liam Williams stepping down.

Davies had been sidelined since November, when he injured a pectoral muscle during Wales' defeat by South Africa.

His return for one of the championship-defining contests will be a major boost to Gatland. North is at his most effective on the wing while Davies' experience – he has 37 caps – is likely to be critical defending the outside channel. He will also add gain-line breaking physicality to the Welsh backline.

The only other expected change is a return for Alun-Wyn Jones, who captained the Lions to victory in that third Test. Jones was injured for the impressive win against France.

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