Wales unchanged for Australia clash

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Warren Gatland has kept faith with the starting XV who beat Georgia for Sunday’s second Pool D clash against Australia in Tokyo.

It means that captain Alun Wyn Jones will become Wales’ most-capped test player ever, surpassing the record of Gethin Jenkins, when he runs out to win his 130th cap.

There was suggestion that Gatland could opt to bring Nicky Smith and Ross Moriarty into the starting line-up for the game against the Wallabies, but he has stuck with Wyn Jones, who impressed with his scrummaging against Georgia, and Aaron Wainwright, the stand out player from the warm-up games.

The only change to the matchday 23 comes on the bench, where Owen Watkin replaces Leigh Halfpenny to provide cover outside the half-backs. This is likely due to Hadleigh Parkes fracturing a bone in his hand in the win over Georgia, although he is fit to play against Australia.

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jon Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Ross Moriarty, Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin

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