Match Preview: Davies one of five changes for Argentina clash

Aled Davies 10/2/2018
Warren Gatland has made five changes to his Wales line-up as they look to seal a series victory against Argentina.

Warren Gatland has made five changes to his Wales line-up as they look to seal a series victory against Argentina.

Fresh from a fine 23-10 victory in San Juan, Ellis Jenkins, Tomas Francis, Ryan Elias, Aled Davies and Owen Watkin all come into the starting XV for the test in Santa Fe.

Jenkins slots into the back-row at blindside flanker as he teams up with James Davies and Ross Moriarty at openside and No.8 respectively.

The second row remains unchanged with Cory Hill and Adam Beard continuing their partnership as Elias and Francis join Rob Evans in the front row.

The back-three will get another chance to impress with Hallam Amos at full-back and Josh Adams and George North on the wings.

What they said

Head coach Gatland said: “We’ve made five changes to the starting line-up as we want to see a few players from the start and give those players a bit more opportunity.

“Looking at the objectives of this tour, we are right on track, we have won two games from two but more importantly we have exposed players to test match rugby and given more opportunity and that was the aim coming in.

“We want to go home three from three but we know the challenge that we are up against this weekend and we also are looking at the bigger picture.

“We might have picked a slightly different team if it was just about results but it is about more than that it is about building for 2019 and we are on the right track.

“Both Cory (Hill) and Ellis (Jenkins) have been great on tour as co-captains.

“This week with them both in the side we have just gone for a bit of continuity with Cory doing the job as he did last weekend. Additionally, we are asking Ellis to play at six so this allows him to concentrate on that role.”


Argentina will no doubt be looking to right the wrongs of San Juan this weekend with Tomas Lezana’s consolation try the only bright spark.

Los Pumas will be hoping to build momentum ahead of their first Rugby Championship match against South Africa in August.

Key stat

Wales haven’t won a series in Argentina since 1999 when they downed Los Pumas 36-26 and 23-16 in Buenos Aries.   Wales team to face Argentina   15 Hallam Amos (17 Caps) 14 Josh Adams (3 Caps) 13 Scott Williams (56 Caps) 12 Owen Watkin (5 Caps) – 11 George North (75 Caps) 10 Rhys Patchell (9 Caps) 9 Aled Davies (10 Caps) 1 Rob Evans (26 Caps) 2 Ryan Elias (4 Caps) 3 Tomas Francis (32 Caps) 4 Adam Beard (3 Caps) 5 Cory Hill (17 Caps) 6 Ellis Jenkins (7 Caps) 7 James Davies (2 Caps) 8 Ross Moriarty (23 Caps)


16 Elliot Dee (9 Caps) 17 Nicky Smith (20 Caps) 18 Dillon Lewis (4 Caps) 19 Bradley Davies (62 Caps) 20 Josh Turnbull (9 Caps) 21 Tomos Williams (1 Cap) 22 Gareth Anscombe (17 Caps) 23 Tom Prydie (6 Caps)