Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made six changes to his team for tomorrow’s World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham.
There is a first Test start for New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe, who features at full-back, while Liam Williams returns after concussion on the wing and George North switches to outside centre as Jamie Roberts’s midfield partner.
Prop Paul James returns from injury and replaces Gethin Jenkins, Luke Charteris features at lock and skipper Sam Warburton moves to blindside flanker, with openside Justin Tipuric handed a start.
North and Warburton both make positional switches, while Scarlets prop Samson Lee returns to the front row, where he will pack down alongside James and hooker Scott Baldwin.
Gatland has retained an in-form half-back combination of Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies, but flanker Dan Lydiate does not feature in the match-day 23, with Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty providing back-row bench cover.
The winners of tomorrow’s clash will face a quarter-final against Scotland or Japan, with a semi-final possibility of meeting Ireland, France or Argentina, but the losers will tackle twice world champions South Africa in the last eight.
Wales and Australia are both unbeaten in the competition.
Playing today: Pool C – 21.00 New Zealand vs Tonga.
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