WALES vs. SAMOA: SCOTT WILLIAMS DROPPED TO BENCH

Wales will be meeting Samoa in their second tour test on Friday in Apia. In lieu of this important meeting, several changes were made to the Welsh squad.


One affected player is Scott Williams who was dropped to the bench. His starting place in the squad has now been taken by Dragons Tyler Morgan.

Seven important starting changes were made to the team that would go out against Samoa.

Rory Thornton, Ospreys lock will be making his debut for the team in this game, while Adam Beard, his uncapped team-mate second row is on the bench.

As an understudy to Aled Davies, Tomos Williams, Cardiff Blues scrum-half could make his debut off the bench.

On the wing, Cory Allen is set to replace Alex Cuthbert who is currently out due to an injury. This means that Keelan Giles of Ospreys would have to continue his challenge for a Wales Cap in the 2017-18 season.

Tour coach Robin McBryde said: “We’ve heard throughout the week from local people how much Samoa values Wales as a rugby nation, and there’s a weight of history behind that.

“That said, we’ve been reinforcing the message to the players that there will be nothing friendly about Friday’s match.” He stated.

McBryde also noted that with Samoa’s unfortunate loss to the All Blacks at the Eden Park on Friday where they fell 78-0 to the Steven Hansen’s side, the Samoan team would sure be smarting and ready to tear apart their next opponent.

As such, he reiterated that the team members would have to be prepared for a backlash as well as a partisan crowd.

He however stated that they would be fine if they keep building on the good points they showed in their victory over Tonga.

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