Dragons don’t panic
8 Feb 2006
Wales coach Mike Ruddock has kept faith with the team that was smashed 47-13 by England, for Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Cardiff.
Prop Adam Jones has recovered from a leg injury to take his place in the side, while there are two changes on the bench with Mike Phillips replacing Gareth Cooper, and Gareth Delve in for Alix Popham.
No 8 Delve has shaken off a hamstring injury, but scrum-half Cooper is out with a dislocated shoulder. Ceri Sweeney is still struggling with a groin injury so Nicky Robinson remains the replacement flyhalf.
Ruddock said his side deserved a second chance to prove themselves.
“I felt there was a big effort there up until that crucial moment I’ve spoken of before when [flanker] Martyn Williams got sin-binned,” Ruddock told BBC Wales Sport. “I felt that helped change the course of the game, so I’d like to give the players the opportunity to show me they can perform for the full 80 minutes and get the result we want.
“No-one was more disappointed with Saturday than the players themselves. They’ve been setting high standards and sometimes in sport things happen that you don’t want to happen. The real test is how we bounce back, and I’m sure the players will bounce back.”
Wales team to play Scotland:
Gareth Thomas (Toulouse, capt); Mark Jones (Scarlets), Haldane Luscombe (Dragons), Matthew Watkins (Scarlets), Shane Williams (Ospreys); Stephen Jones (Clermont Auvergne), Dwayne Peel (Scarlets); Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Rhys Thomas (Blues), Adam R Jones (Ospreys), Ian Gough (Dragons), Robert Sidoli (Blues), Colin Charvis (Newcastle), Martyn Williams (Blues), Michael Owen (Dragons).
Replacements: Mefin Davies (Gloucester), Gethin Jenkins (Blues), Adam M Jones (Scarlets), Gareth Delve (Bath), Michael Phillips (Blues), Nicky Robinson (Blues), Lee Byrne (Scarlets).