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Wales change four for Japan

13th June 2013 07:32

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Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday's Test against Japan in Tokyo.

Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi will make his debut and Tom Prydie, Rhys Gill and Andries Pretorius were also drafted into the starting team after Wales's narrow 22-18 victory last week.

With most of their top players on duty with the British and Irish Lions, the Six Nations champions twice came from behind to grind out a gritty win in Osaka and avoid becoming the first major rugby nation to lose to Japan.

Second-string Wales also have a five-game winning streak on the line in what will be their final game this season.

"We were proud of the side's effort last weekend but know we will have to step it up again on Saturday," said McBryde, who is standing while regular boss Warren Gatland leads the Lions in Australia.

"It was good to see the character of the squad come through in the first Test and we will need that again.

"The players have again all put their hands up for selection making it a tough call for us and that shows their determination to get out on the field and represent their country.

"Japan showed what they are capable of last weekend and we know we will have to be at our best to get the second victory and finish the season on a high."

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius 7 Josh Navidi, 6 James King, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Bradley Davies (c), 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Dafydd Howells.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Venue: Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14.00 (local)
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), tba (Japan)
Assessor: Tappe Henning (South Africa)

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