Wales wing Luke Morgan set for debut against Scotland after smashing records on the sevens circuit
- Wales host Scotland in an autumn international on Saturday afternoon
- Ospreys’ Luke Morgan is Wales record try-scorer and points-scorer in sevens
- The match at the Principality Stadium will be for the Doddie Weir Cup
Sevens star Luke Morgan will make his Test debut for Wales on Saturday against Scotland as part of a rotated line-up.
The 26-year-old winger is Wales’ record try-scorer and points-scorer in sevens, but has made the switch to the longer form.
He plays in a back-three which includes experienced Lions George North and Leigh Halfpenny and is one of two uncapped players in the matchday 23 along with Jarrod Evans of the Cardiff Blues, who makes the bench.
Luke Morgan will make his debut for Wales against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff
The Ospreys wing (right) has shone on the sevens tour and will aim to do so in the 15-man code
Assistant Wales coach Rob Howley has praised the form of Morgan following his inclusion
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said: ‘It is great to reward players on form and we are looking forward to seeing Luke make his debut on the wing.
‘He has come through the Sevens system, he will bring a point of difference to the squad and it’s a great opportunity for him. Likewise it will be good to see Jarrod from the bench and hopefully seeing some X-factor from him.
‘We have created good strength in depth, especially from the summer and have a nice balance bringing seven Lions back into the team.
‘We are very respectful of this Scotland team and are looking forward to what should be a great opening match.’
The Wales XV has a slightly experimental feel for this out-of-window Test, and is picked from players who play at home.
Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis are the props, with Ken Owens at hooker. Cory Hill and captain Alun Wyn-Jones make up the second-row, with Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty behind them.
In the backs Gareth Anscombe gets the nod at fly-half, outside Gareth Davies. Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies resume their Scarlets midfield partnership – the latter playing his first Test in a year, since suffering a serious foot and ankle injury against Australia last autumn.
Gareth Anscombe will start at fly-half for Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday
Head coach Warren Gatland returned to Wales on Wednesday, after attending his father’s funeral in New Zealand, and will take charge of the team on Saturday.
And Howley welcomed him back.
‘We are excited to kick off our autumn campaign on Saturday and it was great to welcome Warren back yesterday,’ said Howley.
‘Warren has been in constant dialogue with us over the past week and we have selected a very strong squad for this weekend.’
Warren Gatland has flown back from his native New Zealand after attending his father’s funeral
WALES SQUAD VS SCOTLAND AT THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM
15. Leigh Halfpenny (78 Caps)
14. George North (76 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (65 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (8 Caps)
11. Luke Morgan (Uncapped)
10. Gareth Anscombe (18 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (33 Davies)
1. Nicky Smith (21 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (57 Caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (5 Caps)
4. Cory Hill (18 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (117 Caps) (C)
6. Dan Lydiate (62 Caps)
7. Just Tipuric (57 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (23 Caps)
16. Elliot Dee (10 Caps)
17. Rob Evans (27 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (3 Caps)
19. Adam Beard (4 Caps)
20. Aaron Wainwright (1 Cap)
21. Tomos Williams (2 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (Uncapped)
23. Steff Evans (10 Caps)
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