Davies to make Wales debut

Menna Isaac News

James Davies has been named in Warren Gatland’s starting XV for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Conor O’Shea’s Italy.

Davies is one of ten Scarlets named in the matchday 23. Joining him in the starting fifteen are Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans and Gareth Davies.

The all-Scarlet front row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee move to the replacements bench after starting all three previous games and are joined by Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell and Leigh Halfpenny.

Davies becomes Scarlets’ 230th international player.


15 Liam Williams (Saracens) (46 Caps)

14 George North (Northampton Saints) (71 Caps)

13 Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (3 Caps)

12 Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (4 Caps)

11 Steff Evans (Scarlets) (8 Caps)

10 Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (14 Caps)

9 Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (30 Caps)

1 Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (16 Caps)

2 Elliot Dee (Dragons) (5 Caps)

3 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (29 Caps)

4 Cory Hill (Dragons) (13 Caps)

5 Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (60 Caps)

6 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (55 Caps)

7 James Davies (Scarlets) (*Uncapped)

8 Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (70 Caps) (CAPT)


16 Ken Owens (Scarlets) (55 Caps)

17 Rob Evans (Scarlets) (23 Caps)

18 Samson Lee (Scarlets) (37 Caps)

19 Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues) (3 Caps)

20 Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) (5 Caps)

21 Aled Davies (Scarlets) (7 Caps)

22 Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (7 Caps)

23 Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (76 Caps)