Davies replaces Shanklin in Welsh midfield
November 17, 2009
Jonathan Davies will start in the centre for Wales on Saturday © PA Photos
Wales coach Warren Gatland has called Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies in to the starting XV to face Argentina at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday following an injury to Blues midfielder Tom Shanklin.
Shanklin picked up a broken bone in his nose during Wales' narrow victory over Samoa and was replaced by Davies for the majority of the second-half.
Davies has been named in the No.12 jersey with Jamie Roberts shifting out one to the outside-centre berth. Gatland has also predictably recalled British & Irish Lions Stephen Jones, Martyn Williams, Matthew Rees and Shane Williams to the side, while Gareth Cooper has displaced Dwayne Peel at scrum-half.
James Hook continues after impressing in two Tests at fullback and Leigh Halfpenny is also retained after a starring role against Samoa. Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate is set for a debut off the bench, but there is no place in the 22 for Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar and flanker Jonathan Thomas.
Paul James and Gethin Jenkins continue in the front-row and will have to produce a better display than against the Samoans against the fearsome scrummaging unit boasted by the Pumas. Skipper Ryan Jones picked up the Man of the Match award last Friday and starts at No.8 with Andy Powell given another shot in the No.6 jersey.
"Jonathan came on at inside centre on Friday when Tom (Shanklin) was injured and he acquitted himself well," said Gatland. "That's his natural position, he plays there for his region and is comfortable there.
"Jamie is the more experienced player and more than capable of playing at 13 and we are looking forward to the continuation of the partnership from the second half last weekend. With James Hook going so well at fullback it was important for us to continue his international development in that position."
Wales: J Hook (Ospreys); L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Scarlets), G Cooper (Cardiff Blues); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), M Rees (Scarlets), P James (Ospreys); A-W Jones (Ospreys), L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons); A Powell (Cardiff Blues), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys, capt)
Replacements: H Bennett (Ospreys), D Jones (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), D Peel (Sale Sharks), A Bishop (Ospreys), T James (Cardiff Blues)
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