Wayne Pivac has named a Wales team to take on Argentina on Saturday in Cardiff that shows three changes from last Saturday’s bashing by the All Blacks. Alex Cuthbert, Dillon Lewis and Dan Lydiate have all been included in a side that has the additional intrigue of a start for Louis Rees-Zammit at full-back.
Cuthbert’s inclusion on the right wing has resulted in the switching of Rees-Zammit to full-back and Gareth Anscombe, last week’s No15 at the expense of the injured Leigh Halfpenny, will now start at out-half with Rhys Priestland dropping to the bench.
In the pack, Lewis is promoted from the bench for Tomas Francis, who drops out of the matchday 23. Sam Wainwright is the sub tighthead on this occasion. Meanwhile, Lydiate takes over from the injured Tommy Reffell, being chosen at blindside with skipper Justin Tipuric switching into Reffell’s No7 shirt.
On the bench, record caps holder Alun Wyn Jones has been excluded but there is selection for Rhodri Jones, Ben Carter and Jac Morgan. Pivac said: “Last week we had Leigh Halfpenny unavailable at the last minute and we had trained a certain way so we went with Gareth Anscombe at full-back who has done that before at this level.
“We are back to Gareth at ten and we have Louis Rees-Zammit at full-back. He has trained there the entire week. He has looked good in training and it’s something we have explored in the background, so it will be good information going forwards with the Six Nations around the corner and the Rugby World Cup.