Tuesday 12 December 2017

Prydie gets Wales call

Ospreys teenager Tom Prydie has won a shock call-up to the Wales team for Saturday's Six Nations finale against Italy in Cardiff.

Wing Prydie, at just 18 years and 27 days, will become the youngest Welsh international player of all time. Prydie replaces Cardiff Blues' Leigh Halfpenny as one of five changes from the side that lost 27-12 to Ireland last Saturday.

Wales coach Warren Gatland welcomes back three fit-again British and Irish Lions in scrum-half Mike Phillips, prop Gethin Jenkins and skipper Ryan Jones.

And there is a first Six Nations start for 21-year-old Cardiff flanker Sam Warburton, who is preferred to veteran Martyn Williams.

Wales TEAM (v Italy) -- L Byrne (Ospreys), T Prydie (Ospreys), J Hook (Ospreys), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), M Rees (Scarlets), A Jones (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), J Thomas (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys, Capt). Reps: H Bennett (Ospreys), P James (Ospreys), I Gough (Ospreys), G Delve (Gloucester), D Peel (Sale Sharks), A Bishop (Ospreys), T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues).

Irish Independent

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