Shane Lewis-Hughes makes Wales debut as Alun Wyn Jones breaks test cap record

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Cardiff Blues back rower Shane Lewis-Hughes will make his Wales debut on Saturday as he starts at blindside flanker against Scotland in the final game of the 2020 Six Nations.

The 23-year-old marks a meteoric 18 month rise from unknown youngster to first team stalwart at the Arms Park and now on to international cap, after a fine start to the 2020/21 season in John Mulvihill’s team during which he has been a standout performer in the Guinness Pro14.

On the same day he makes his debut, Alun Wyn Jones will break Richie McCaw’s World Record for international test caps, making his 149th appearance between Wales and the British & Irish Lions having made his debut away to Argentina in June 2006 when Lewis-Hughes was just 8.

All in all there are six changes to the starting XV that lost to France last week, with Lewis-Hughes replacing Wainwright in the back row, while Tomas Francis is on for Samson Lee at tighthead and Will Rowlands replaces Cory Hill in the second row.

Gareth Davies gets the nod at scrum-half with Rhys Webb injured, while Owen Watkin is preferred to Nick Tompkins at inside centre and Liam Williams returns to start on the wing with George North dropping out.

On the bench Cory Hill drops down to cover the second row, with Tompkins also dropping down to cover the outside backs, while Lloyd Williams is the scrum-half option and could win his first Wales cap since November 2016 if he comes on.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Shane Lewis-Hughes, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: Sam Parry, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, James Davies, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Patchell, Nick Tompkins

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