Kieran gets nod at nine for Pumas clash

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets scrum-half Kieran Hardy has been named as one of three changes to Wales’s starting XV for Saturday’s international against Argentina at the Principality Stadium (1pm).

Hardy replaces Tomos Williams at scrum-half, Jonathan Davies leads the side from centre once again, while hooker Ryan Elias is named among the replacements.

Wayne Pivac has named the same pack that faced Canada in Cardiff last weekend.

“Argentina provide the perfect opponents for us this weekend and are the exact test we want for this group of players,” said Pivac.

“We will be tested up front and the physicality will be at a level that some of these players have not experienced before but that will answer a lot of questions for us as we build towards Rugby World Cup 2023.

“It’s great to play in Cardiff once again and we want to play an exciting brand of rugby, which will have supporters up off their feet. It promises to be a great occasion.”


15 Hallam Amos (Cardiff Rugby); 14 Jonah Holmes (Dragons), 13 Uilisi Halaholo (Cardiff Rugby, 12 Jonathan Davies (CAPT) (Scarlets), 11 Owen Lane (Cardiff Rugby); 10 Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears),  9 Kieran Hardy (Scarlets);  1 Nicky Smith (Ospreys), 2 Elliot Dee (Dragons), 3 Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby),  4 Ben Carter (Dragons),  5 Will Rowlands (Dragons),  6 Ross Moriarty (Dragons),  7 James Botham (Cardiff Rugby),  8 Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)
Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias (Scarlets),  17 Gareth Thomas (Ospreys), 18 Leon Brown (Dragons),  19 Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Rugby), 20 Taine Basham (Dragons), 21 Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), 22 Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Rugby), 23 Nick Tompkins (Saracens).