Gatland recalls Jones
25 Nov 2008
Wales coach Warren Gatland has dropped 19-year-old wing Leigh Halfpenny and called in Mark Jones for their match against the Wallabies.
Halfpenny made his debut against the Springboks and has been impressive in all three Tests, but Gatland has opted for 42-times capped Jones. “In Mark Jones, we have a player who has been in form, but was kept out after being injured for our opening fixture by Leigh’s impressive showing,” said Gatland.
“But he now has an opportunity to re-stake his claim, and we are sure he will rise to that particular challenge. Leigh has represented himself well in his first three caps for his country and made a real impact on the international scene.
“But he is a young man, and after three huge games in succession, we have decided to look after him and have him to sit this one out,” he said.
The other change is enforced as lock Ian Evans has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Ian Gough replaces him, as Luke Charteris comes onto the bench.
Wales – 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Mark Jones, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Jaimie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Gareth Cooper, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Ryan Jones (c), 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Subs: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 John Yapp, 18 Luke Charteris, 19 Daffyd Jones, 20 Martin Roberts, 21 James Hook, 22 Andrew Bishop.