George North will become the youngest-ever player reach the 100-cap milestone after he was named in Wales’ starting lineup for their Six Nations Test against England in Cardiff on Saturday.
Coach Wayne Pivac named an unchanged tight five with Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis packing down in the front row and Adam Beard partnering captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.
Josh Navidi returns to the side of the scrum alongside Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.
‘We’ve had a great two weeks leading into this game and we are looking forward to Saturday,’ Pivac said.
‘We continue to build and we know there is plenty left in us in terms of improvements from the opening two rounds. We are two from two but we want to continue to improve performance-wise.
‘Saturday is a great milestone for George, it is a huge achievement at his age and we are looking forward to seeing him in action.’
Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones and Leon Brown provide the front-row cover for Wales, with Cory Hill and James Botham completing the forward contingent. Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy and Uilisi Halaholo provide the backline cover.
Wales – 15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.
Subs: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James Botham, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Uilisi Halaholo.
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