B&I Lions boost Wales against Boks

Wales have welcomed back three British & Irish Lions players – including flyhalf Dan Biggar – to the match-day 23 to face the Springboks in Cardiff on Saturday.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has made six changes to the starting XV that took the field against New Zealand this past weekend.

Experienced flyhalf Dan Biggar, making his 93rd international appearance, returns to the starting lineup after touring with the Lions and recovering from a knock he took while playing for the Northampton Saints.

Biggar is joined in the starting lineup by Louis Rees-Zammit, while another British & Irish Lion, fullback Liam Williams, has been named on the bench after returning to fitness from an appendectomy.

Cardiff flank Ellis Jenkins makes his long-awaited return to international rugby after suffering a knee injury against the Springboks three years ago.

Dragons lock Will Rowlands replaces the injured Alun Wyn Jones in the second row, with centre Jonathan Davies captaining the team.

The replacements include two debutants, South African-born hooker Bradley Roberts and tighthead prop WillGriff John, who will be looking to win their first international caps on Saturday.

Wales – 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Jonathan Davies (c), 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams,  10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rhys Carré.
Subs: 16 Bradley Roberts, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 WillGriff John, 19 Ben Carter, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Liam Williams.

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