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RBS 6 Nations 2011: Wales Names Squad to face Scotland

Wales have named their squad to face Scotland in this Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations 2011 meeting at Murrayfield.

Lee Byrne returns to a starting position at full-back, replacing James Hook, who moves to ten. Stephen Jones, the highest points scorer in the Wales squad, is to start Saturday’s match from the bench.

“James has a real opportunity to show what a quality player he is,”

“There  is a certain amount of risk involved as he has not started a game at fly-half this season, but the decision was made easier considering Stephen has been limited in what he can do in the early part of this week after the bump he picked up early on against England.” – Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

Ryan Jones will start at number 8 after Andy Powell damaged his shoulder against England on Friday.

Wales Starting XV

15 Lee BYRNE (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,041)
DoB: 01.06.80. 6’3″ / 1.91m. 14st 12lb / 94kgs
International record: 39 caps (W 14, L 23, D 2; 45 pts – 9T)

14 Morgan STODDART (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,056)
DoB: 23.09.84.  6’1” / 1.86m. 14st 13lbs / 95kgs
International record: 4 caps (W 1, L 3; 15 pts – 3T)

13 Jamie ROBERTS (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,057)
DoB: 08.11.86.  6’4” / 1.93m. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs
International record: 25 caps (W 10, L 15; 10 pts – 2T)

12 Jonathan DAVIES (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,066)
DoB: 05.04.88. 6’1” / 1.86m. 16st 3lb / 103kgs
International record: 8 caps (W 4, L 4; 10 pts – 2T)

11 Shane WILLIAMS (OSPREYS – Cap No 976)
DoB: 26.02.77. 5’7” / 1.71m. 12st 1lb / 77kgs
International record: 76 caps (W 35, L 39, D 2; 255 pts – 51T)

10 James HOOK (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,047)
DoB: 27.06.85. 6’0” / 1.83m. 14st 12lbs / 94kgs
International record: 48 caps (W 18, L 28, D 2; 240 pts – 11T, 34C, 36PG, 3DG)

9 Michael PHILLIPS (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,022)
DoB: 29.08.82. 6’3” / 1.91m. 15st 10lb / 101kgs
International record: 47 caps (W 21, L 24, D 2; 20 pts – 4T)

1 Paul JAMES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,021)
DoB: 13.05.82. 6’1” / 1.86m. 18st 2lbs / 115kgs
International record: 18 caps (W 5, L 12, D 1)

2 Matthew REES (SCARLETS, CAPTAIN – Cap No 1,033)
DoB: 09.12.80. 6’0” / 1.83m. 17st 1lbs / 108kgs
International record: 43 caps (W 17, L 25, D 1; 10 pts – 2T)

3 Craig MITCHELL (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,068)
DoB: 03.05.86. 6’1” / 1.85m. 17st 2lbs / 109kgs
International record: 5 caps (W 3, L 2)

4 Bradley DAVIES (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,065)
DoB: 09.01.87.  6’6” / 1.98m. 19st 1lbs / 121kgs
International record: 18 caps (W 6, L 11, D 1)

5 Alun Wyn JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,046)
DoB: 19.09.85. 6’5” / 1.96m. 18st 10lbs / 119kgs
International record: 44 caps (W 16, L 28; 25 pts – 5T)

6 Dan LYDIATE (NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS – Cap No 1,071)
DoB: 18.12.87. 1.93m / 6’4”. 17st 10lbs / 112kgs
International record: 6 caps (W 1, L 4, D 1)

7 Sam WARBURTON (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,070)
DoB: 05.10.88. 1.88m / 6’2”. 16st 4lbs / 103kgs
International record: 10 caps (W 4, L 6)

8 Ryan JONES (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,029)
DoB: 13.03.81. 6’5” / 1.96m. 17st 5lbs / 110kgs
International record: 47 caps (W 23, L 22, D 2; 5 pts – 1T)

Wales Replacements

16 Richard HIBBARD (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,048)
DoB: 13.12.83. 6’0” / 1.83m. 17st 7lbs / 111kgs
International record: 10 caps (W 3, L 7)

17 John YAPP (CARDIFF BLUES – Cap No 1,031)
DoB: 09.04.83. 6’2” / 1.88m. 19st 4lbs / 122.4kgs
International record: 18 caps (W 12, L 6)

18 Jonathan THOMAS (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,013)
DoB: 27.12.82. 6’5” / 1.96m. 17st 7lbs / 111kgs
International record: 63 caps (W 27, L 33, D 3; 35 pts – 7T)

19 Josh TURNBULL (SCARLETS)
DoB: 12.03.88. 1.93m / 6’4”. 15st 8lbs / 99kgs
International record: Uncapped

20 Tavis KNOYLE (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,076)
DoB: 02.06.90. 6’1” / 1.85m. 14st 5lbs / 91kgs
International record: 1 cap (L 1)

21 Stephen JONES (SCARLETS – Cap No 966)
DoB: 08.12.77.  6’1” / 1.86m.  14st 7lbs / 92kgs
International record: 96 caps (W 39, L 54, D 3; 870 pts – 7T, 137C, 181PG, 6DG)

22 Rhys PRIESTLAND (SCARLETS)
DoB: 07.01.87 1.82m / 6’0”. 13st 9lbs / 87kgs
International record: Uncapped

Both Scotland and Wales lost their opening encounters last week, and will be hoping for a better result this weekend. Both sides will feel they have got a good chance of a positive outcome; after producing some reasonable rugby against a strong opposition – Scotland away at France; Wales at home to England – in their last game.

Scotland v Wales kicks off at 17:00 GMT on Saturday 12th February 2011.

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