The return of Flanker Justin Tiborec from illness in the only change in Wales in the Fall Nations Cup opening match against Ireland in Dublin on Friday
Coach Wayne Bevac returns to the initially chosen side against Scotland with Tiborich excluded on the morning of that defeat due to tonsillitis
Callum Sheedy, who did not feature in a single match from Bristol on the bench, was named to Wales’ squad for the first time.
The Ospreys winger has played 96 caps for Wales and three matches for the British and Irish Lions, and Friday’s game comes exactly 10 years since North won his first title – scoring two attempts on his first appearance at the age of 18 against South Africa at 25-29 Defeat
Prop Tomas Francis will win his 50th dome, while new world record holder and Wells captain Alun Wyn Jones will take his 150th Test
Changes made between alternatives include the return of bitch Elliot D, Prop Samson Lee, and the lock of Jake Ball
With North and Cheddy on the bench, there’s nowhere to the wing for Lewis Reese Zamette or Half-Fly Reese Bachel, while the back rows of Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty remain on the sidelines
Bevac said: “Friday night is the start of a new international season and a new campaign and we are looking forward to appearing and showing what we can do
« We have four matches in the Fall Nations Cup, and we’re excited to start the tournament »
The stable nature of Wales’ starting line-up comes a week Welles split from defense coach Byron Hayward after five straight defeats.
Wells’s plight since winning the inaugural Six Nations Championship in 2020 against Italy has put Bevac under pressure.
Former England winger Ugo Mooney described Wales as « like a sinking ship » in the post-Warren Gatland era
After the opening match of the Fall Nations Cup on Friday, Wales will play two home matches against Georgia on November 21 and England seven days later.
There will then be a final on 5 December, with the opponent depending on the playing places in the two swimming groups – with the chances of Scotland, France, Fiji and Italy.
Wales: Lee Halfpenny; William Williams, Jonathan Davis, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Reese Carey, Ryan Elias, Thomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Alon Wayne Jones (Captain), Shane Lewis Hughes, Justin Tiboric, Tolope Valletta
Replacement: Elliot Dee, Wayne Jones, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Aaron Wainwright, Lloyd Williams, Callum Sheedy, George North
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