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Beard replaces injured Hill in Wales side to face Scotland

Beard replaces injured Hill in Wales side to face Scotland

Wales locks Adam Beard, Jake Ball and Alun Wyn Jones could all play for a merged Scarlets-Ospreys team from 2019-20
bbc.comGrand-Slam chasing Wales have recalled Ospreys lock Adam Beard in the only change to their starting team to face Scotland in the Six Nations.The change for Saturday's game was enforced by the ankle injury suffered by try-scorer Cory Hill of Dragons as they beat England in the last match.Scarlets' Jake Ball takes over on the bench from Beard in the only other alteration to the matchday squad.
Gareth Anscombe continues at fly-half with Dan Biggar again on the bench.However, coach Warren Gatland resisted the temptation to recall Scarlets full-back Leigh Halfpenny to his squad following the player's successful recovery from concussion.
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Blues' Anscombe will win his 25th Wales cap with half-back partner Gareth Davies making a 40th Wales appearance.A win against Scotland at Murrayfield would give Wales the chance to go for the Grand Slam a week later when they host Ireland in Cardiff.The Wales team selection was announced two days ahead of schedule and amid a furore over plans to merge Ospreys and Scarlets and launch a new team in north Wales for next season.That proposal affects 13 of the players who coach Warren Gatland hopes can maintain their concentration on playing instead of off-field developments.
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Wales have beaten France and Italy away, then won against England in Cardiff to set a 12-match winning run record for their national team.Gatland has not lost in any of the 10 Wales games he has coached against Scotland.Wales team to face Scotland: Williams (Saracens), North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), Adams (Worcester); Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Davies (Scarlets); Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Beard (Ospreys), Jones (Ospreys, capt), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Tipuric (Ospreys), Moriarty (Dragons).Replacements: Dee (Dragons), Smith (Ospreys), Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Ball (Scarlets), Wainwright (Dragons), Davies (Ospreys), Biggar (Northampton), Watkin (Ospreys).For the latest Welsh rugby news follow @BBCScrumV[/i] on Twitter.
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