Ryan Elias & Gareth Davies named to face Australia in Lyon


Senior men’s head coach Warren Gatland has named his Wales XV to play Australia at OL Stadium, Lyon in their third pool C match of Rugby World Cup 2023 (Sunday 24 September KO 8pm BST / 9pm local time live on ITV and S4C).

In the front row, Scarlets’ Ryan Elias is named at hooker for his fourth RWC appearance across two tournaments.

Gareth Davies has been named as scrumhalf following on from their winning performance last week against Portugal.

Gatland said: “We’re happy with our position going into this game. We have two wins and ten points. There’s a confidence among this group and we’ve had a good edge in training this week.

“Everyone wants to be involved and there were some disappointed players this week, which is exactly what we want with competition strong across the squad.

“If we play the way we know we can and maintain that for 80 minutes, then we know we will be a very hard team to beat.”