Gareth Davies to win 50th cap in World Cup semi-final

25 Oct 2019
Gareth Davies to win 50th cap in World Cup semi-final
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Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies will win his 50th Wales cap when he runs out for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Yokohama.

The 29-year-old half-back from Newcastle Emlyn has enjoyed an outstanding tournament, lit up by stunning solo tries against Australia and Uruguay.

Having made his debut against the Springboks in 2014, Davies has gone on to establish himself as one of the best attacking nines in the world.

He has scored 14 tries for his country, second only to the great Gareth Edwards in the Welsh No. 9 try chart.

Davies continues his partnership with Dan Biggar as one of nine Scarlets in the starting line-up for the last-four clash.

Behind the scrum, Leigh Halfpenny replaces the injured Liam Williams, while Jonathan Davies has been passed fit and resumes his midfield partnership with club-mate Hadleigh Parkes.

Up front, Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Jake Ball get the nod in the front row, while replacements Aaron Shingler and Rhys Patchell complete the Scarlets contingent.

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets); George North (Ospreys), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues); Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys).

Reps: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).