Parkes set for Wales debut


Wales have made five changes for Saturday’s meeting with South Africa, with Scarlets centre Hadleigh Parkes set to make his debut for the national side.

The New Zealand-born back replaces Owen Williams at No. 12 and is the only uncapped player named in Warren Gatland’s squad for the last of their four autumn Tests.

Fellow Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies is the only other change to the backline which featured in last weekend’s 33-18 loss against the All Blacks, as Rhys Webb drops to the bench.

Wales boss Gatland has made three alterations to the pack, with Kristian Dacey and Scott Andrews coming into the front row alongside Rob Evans.

Tomas Francis and Ken Owens have both been left out of the squad, with hooker Owens currently recovering from a back injury.

Dragons lock Cory Hill completes the changes as he comes into the second row to partner captain Alun Wyn Jones.

Wales team to play South Africa:

Halfpenny,Amos, S. Williams, Parkes, S. Evans, =Biggar, A. Davies; R. Evans, Dacey, Andrews, Hill, A.W. Jones (captain), Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.

Replacements: Dee, W. Jones, Jones, S. Davies, Lydiate, Webb, Patchell, Watkin.