Wales v Scotland: Ospreys wing Luke Morgan to win first cap

Luke Morgan
Wing Luke Morgan has scored four tries in six games for Ospreys this season
Under Armour Series: Wales v Scotland
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 3 November Kick-off: 14:45 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website and app.

Ospreys wing Luke Morgan will win his first cap in Wales' opening autumn international against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.

Morgan, Wales sevens' all-time leading try scorer, joins George North and Leigh Halfpenny in the back three.

The 26-year-old is one of two uncapped players in the 23-man squad with Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans among the replacements.

Seven Test British and Irish Lions start, including Jonathan Davies.

Scarlets centre Davies returns to Wales action for the first time since 2017 following injury.

He partners regional team-mate Hadleigh Parkes in midfield, with Gareth Anscombe starting at fly-half as Rhys Patchell recovers from concussion.

Alun Wyn Jones returns in the second row to captain the side, having been rested for last summer's tour of Argentina.

The only players to retain their starting places from the final Test of that series are Dragons lock Cory Hill, number eight Ross Moriarty and North.

Head coach Warren Gatland is back in Wales having returned to New Zealand following the death of his father and will take charge of Saturday's match at the Principality Stadium.

Gatland says Morgan deserves his chance despite only recently transferring from the sevens circuit.

"He has come on and taken his opportunities for the Ospreys by scoring tries," said Gatland.

"[Wales defence coach] Shaun Edwards has been really happy with the way he has defended as well.

"There is a little bit of X-factor about him and a bit of competition between him and Steff Evans."

Gareth Anscombe
Gareth Anscombe is able to play at full-back as well as fly-half

Anscombe has been picked at 10 as Gatland hopes he will offer a different threat to the English-based Dan Biggar, who was unavailable because the match falls outside World Rugby's international window.

"I think we will see some good rugby from Gareth, hopefully this season and in a few years to come," said Gatland.

"He has matured in the last 12 months. He was outstanding on the Argentinean tour in a leadership role. I am looking forward to him having that 10 jersey on his back on Saturday.

"Dan has an excellent kicking game, is fantastic in the air and defensively is very strong. The others probably from an attacking perspective offer some variances there in what they can bring to the game too."

Evans' bold introduction

Gatland is also looking forward to fly-half Evans making an impression from the replacements bench.

"The new boys introduced themselves last week to the squad and Jarrod got up and mentioned it is about time he was here considering he had been playing in front of Gareth for the last two years," Gatland added.

"It is great to hear those sort of things, guys sort of bigging themselves up and also poking a bit of fun at each other."

Meanwhile, Scarlets prop Samson Lee will miss Saturday's match because of a hamstring injury.

In his absence, Gatland believes Dillon Lewis will have a point to prove against his former Blues coach Danny Wilson, who is now in the Scotland set-up as forwards coach.

"It is disappointing Samson is injured but Dillon gets another chance and I was really pleased with him in the summer," said Gatland.

"He has a point to prove against someone like Danny Wilson, who unfortunately did not rate Dillon that highly.

"There is a bit motivation in Dillon wanting to go out there and do well."

Wales: L Halfpenny; G North, J Davies, H Parkes, L Morgan; G Anscombe, G Davies; N Smith, K Owens, D Lewis, C Hill, A Wyn Jones, D Lydiate, J Tipuric, R Moriarty.

Replacements: E Dee, R Evans, L Brown, A Beard, A Wainwright, T Williams, J Evans, S Evans.


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