Gareth Davies and Sam Costelow named in Wales squad for Georgia pool finale

Rob LloydNews

Gareth Davies and Sam Costelow have been named in Wales’ 23-man squad for their final Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Georgia on Saturday (KO 2pm BST / 3pm local time live on ITV and S4C).

The Scarlets half-backs are named among the replacements for the clash in Nantes as Wales look to secure top spot in the pool.

Dewi Lake captains the side at hooker and starts his second match of the tournament. Gareth Thomas (loose-head prop) and Tomas Francis (tight-head prop) join Lake in the front row.

Taulupe Faletau at No. 8 and Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing are named in the match day XV for a fourth time to start in all of Wales’ pool matches this tournament. Tommy Reffell returns at openside flanker alongside Aaron Wainwright at blindside flanker.

Dafydd Jenkins is named in the second row to make his second start and fourth tournament appearance. He partners Will Rowlands who starts his third match of this world cup.

Gareth Anscombe, who equalled the record of most points by a Wales men’s player in a single game at a Rugby World Cup last time out with 23 (shared with Dan Biggar), starts at fly-half. Tomos Williams is at scrum-half.

Nick Tompkins and George North continue their centre partnership for the third time in this competition. North is making his 19th RWC appearance in his fourth tournament.

Rio Dyer starts his second RWC match at wing. Liam Williams is named at full-back.

Wales senior men’s XV to play Georgia at Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes. Pool C, Rugby World Cup 2023. Saturday 7 October, KO 2pm BST. Live on ITV and S4C.

15. Liam Williams (Kubota Spears – 87 caps); 14. Louis Rees Zammit (Gloucester Rugby / Caerloyw – 30 caps), 13. George North (Ospreys / Gweilch – 116 caps), 12. Nick Tompkins (Saracens / Saraseniaid – 30 caps), 11. Rio Dyer (Dragons / Dreigiau – 12 caps); 10. Gareth Anscombe (Suntory Sungoliath – 37 caps), 9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby/ Caerdydd – 51 caps); 1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys / Gweilch – 24 caps), 2. Dewi Lake (Ospreys / Gweilch – 10 caps) captain / capten*, 3. Tomas Francis (Provence Rugby – 75 caps), 4. Will Rowlands (Racing 92 – 27 caps), 5. Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs / Caerwysg – 10 caps), 6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons / Dreigiau – 41 caps), 7. Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers / Caerlŷr – 11 caps), 8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby / Caerdydd – 103 caps)

Replacements / Eilyddion

16. Elliot Dee (Dragons / Dreigiau – 45 caps), 17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys / Gweilch – 45 caps), 18. Henry Thomas (Montpellier – 3 caps), 19. Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs / Caerwysg – 8 caps), 20. Taine Basham (Dragons / Dreigiau – 15 caps), 21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets – 72 caps), 22. Sam Costelow (Scarlets – 6 caps), 23. Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby / Caerdydd – 5 caps)