Three Scarlets named in Wales squad for second Test against Boks

Rob LloydNews

Kieran Hardy and Ryan Elias have again been selected in Wales’ starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s second Test against the Springboks in Bloemfontein (KO 4.05pm BST live on Sky Sports Action with highlights on S4C).

The pair are joined by Scarlets loose-head prop Wyn Jones in the match-day 23 as Wayne Pivac’s side look to level the series following their heartbreaking late loss in Pretoria last weekend.

Head coach Pivac has made just the one change to his starting XV, with Alex Cuthbert coming in on the wing to replace Josh Adams, who drops to the bench.

Former Scarlets wing George North, starting again at centre alongside Nick Tompkins, will equal Stephen Jones’s record as the most-capped Welsh men’s international back of all time with 104 when he takes to the field on Saturday. Only Alun Wyn Jones (151) – named as a replacement for the second Test this weekend – and defence coach Gethin Jenkins (129) have more Wales caps.

Uncapped Saracen Sam Wainwright has had the nod over Scarlets youngster Harri O’Connor as tight-head cover on the bench.

Wales senior men’s team for the 2nd Test against South Africa (Saturday 9 July, KO 4.05pm BST. Live Sky Sports with highlights on S4C)

15. Liam Williams (Cardiff Rugby);  14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby) 13. George North (Ospreys); 12. Nick Tompkins (Saracens), 11. Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys); 10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints; capt),  9. Kieran Hardy (Scarlets); 1. Gareth Thomas (Ospreys),  2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets), 3. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby), 4. Will Rowlands (Dragons), 5. Adam Beard (Ospreys), 6. Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), 7. Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers) 8. Taulupe Faletau (Cardiff Rugby)

Replacements: 16. Dewi Lake (Ospreys), 17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets), 18. Sam Wainwright (Saracens) 19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), 20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby), 21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), 22. Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys), 23. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby).