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Six Nations 2018: Adams to make debut as Patchell starts for Wales v Scotland

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Josh Adams heads to a Wales training session
2018 Six Nations: Wales v Scotland
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: 3 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
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Worcester wing Josh Adams will make his Wales debut against Scotland as the 2018 Six Nations starts in Cardiff on Saturday.

Fly-half Rhys Patchell is one of 10 Scarlets in the starting XV, six of them in the backs with 22-year-old Adams the exception.

Dragons’ Cory Hill joins captain Alun Wyn Jones at lock.

Josh Navidi, of Cardiff Blues, is at open-side with Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty back at number eight.

Navidi wears seven in the face of competition from Ospreys’ Justin Tipuric and uncapped Scarlet James Davies.

Tipuric is on the bench where Blues’ Gareth Anscombe is Patchell’s back-up.

Adams’ inclusion means no place for more experienced wings Alex Cuthbert, Liam Williams or George North, the latter having played only twice since October because of knee problems.

North also withdrew from Northampton’s team before they took on Sale in the Anglo-Welsh Cup last Saturday.

Saracens’ Williams has also struggled with injury this season while Wales coach Gatland said another wing, Scarlets’ Steff Evans, is also out injured.

Gatland also said the advantage Adams had over wing rivals was having “played more rugby” recently.

North will be released to play for Saints as they host Harlequins in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday with Gatland saying: “He needs more rugby.”

Adams the top try-scorer in Premiership

Adams left Scarlets’ academy in 2015 to join Worcester’s development squad and has been in outstanding try-scoring form in 2017-18 with 13 tries.

Gatland said: “We have been watching Josh [Adams] closely, he is top try-scorer in the English Premiership and has been going well and we are excited for him.

“Both Rhys [Patchell] and Gareth [Anscombe] have been training really well over the last couple of weeks. It was a tough call between them, Rhys has started most of his games for the Scarlets at 10, we are really happy with his form and the combination with Gareth [Davies] at nine.

“We know what a quality player Ross [Moriarty] is, it’s great he is back and available and we are looking forward to seeing his explosive ball-carrying on Saturday.

“For this opening game, we looked at a lot of combinations, especially the front row. It is exciting to see Samson [Lee] back playing well and the familiarity of the Scarlets front row will be important.”

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets); Josh Adams (Worcester), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Steff Evans (Scarlets); Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys capt), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester).

Replacements: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).


Source: BBC Here