Ryan Elias set for first World Cup appearance in much-changed Wales team

11 Oct 2019
Ryan Elias set for first World Cup appearance in much-changed Wales team
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Scarlets hooker Ryan Elias will make his first appearance at a Rugby World Cup in a much-changed Wales side to face Uruguay on Sunday.

Elias is one of nine Scarlets in the match-day 23 for Wales’ final pool match of their Pool D campaign.

The Carmarthen product is joined in the starting line-up by flanker Aaron Shingler, fly-half Rhys Patchell, centre Hadleigh Parkes and full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, James Davies and Gareth Davies provide cover on the bench.

Wales, who currently top their pool with three wins from three games, have already secured a quarter-final berth and take on Uruguay in Kumamoto to close out their pool campaign.

They will be captained by Justin Tipuric, who will line-up alongside Shingler and Aaron Wainwright in a new-look back row.

Ospreys duo Bradley Davies and Adam Beard will pack down in the second row with Nicky Smith, Elias and Dillon Lewis named in the front row.

Aled Davies and Patchell will partner at half-back with Parkes and Owen Watkin comprising the midfield. Hallam Amos and Halfpenny come into the back-three alongside Josh Adams who claimed a World Cup hat-trick against Fiji in Wales’ last outing.

On the bench Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre and Jones provide the front row cover with Ball, Ross Moriarty and James Davies also amongst the replacements. Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies are named as the backline cover.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY URUGUAY

Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets); Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues); Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Aled Davies (Ospreys); Nicky Smith (Ospreys) Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys; capt), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons).

Replacements: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Rhys Carre (Saracens), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), James Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues),, Gareth Davies (Scarlets).