Gatland changes three for return England game

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Warren Gatland has made three changes to the starting XV that lost to England at Twickenham last weekend for the return game at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

It is not a surprise that he has again picked a strong team, with the Wales head coach being open beforehand about his desire to replicate the six day turnaround his team will experience between their opening pool games against Georgia and Australia.

All three changes are linked to injuries, with the headline grabber being Dan Biggar stepping in at fly-half in place of Gareth Anscombe, who was ruled out of the World Cup with an ACL injury suffered in the game last Sunday.

The other changes are in the pack where a Scarlets duo, Jake Ball and James Davies, replace an Ospreys duo, Adam Beard and Justin Tipuric, after the latter departed the field with slight knocks at Twickenham.

Aside from that the starting XV is the same, with Samson Lee, Cory Hill and Tomos Williams still unavailable for selection, while the likes of Bradley Davies, Scott Williams and Leigh Halfpenny are yet to receive a run-out.

On the bench there are recalls for Josh Navidi, recovered from the elbow injury sustained while playing for Cardiff Blues, and Jarrod Evans, who beats Rhys Patchell to the role of backup fly-half for the day.

Aaron Shingler will cover the second row in what could be a dress rehearsal for a similar role in Japan, should Gatland only opt to take three specialist locks.

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis; Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Aaron Wainwright, James Davies, Ross Moriarty

Subs: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Aled Davies, Jarrod Evans, Owen Watkin

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