Wales make 9 modifications for bronze medal match against New Zealand

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Owen Lane on his world cup chance
2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final
Location: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Friday, 1 November Time: 09: 00 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Bonus, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport site and app

Wales wing Owen Lane will make his World Cup debut in the bronze match against New Zealand on Friday.

Cardiff Blues player Lane, 21, was a late call-up to the squad last week to change the hurt Josh Navidi.

Warren Gatland has made 9 changes to the side beaten by South Africa in the semi-final for his last video game in charge.

Tomas Francis (shoulder), George North (hamstring), Aaron Wainwright (hamstring) and Leigh Halfpenny (concussion) are all not available.

New Zealand have made 7 changes to the team that lost to England in the last four in what will be captain Kieran Read and head coach Steve Hansen’s last international match.

For Wales, Hallam Amos replaces Halfpenny at full-back, while tournament leading try-scorer Josh Adams finishes the back three as he begins his seventh World Cup match.

Jonathan Davies starts again after returning to the side against South Africa and is partnered in the midfield by Owen Watkin, with Hadleigh Parkes dropping to the replacements.

Parkes will be joined on the bench by Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar, with half-backs Rhys Patchell and Tomas Williams handed starts.

Ken Owens stays at hooker with Elliot Dee handed a seventh replacement function in the tournament, while props Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis begin with regular loose-head Wyn Jones covering the tight-head.

Francis suffered a partial dislocation of his shoulder in the first half against the Springboks.

Adam Beard is handed a start alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones, while James Davies changes Wainwright in the back-row, where he will play along with Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty.

Dee will play his 16 th Test of 2019 if he comes on from the bench. No other player has been selected as much in Test matches by any nation this year.

New Zealand modifications

For New Zealand there are 7 workers modifications with an additional positional change as Scott Barrett moves from flanker to lock with Shannon Frizzell and Sam Walking stick back in the back-row.

Dane Coles gets the start at hooker. Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith are on the wings, with Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty coming in at centre.

Wales boss Gatland hopes players ignored earlier in the competition will wish to make their mark.

” There are a couple of guys who ideally desire to go out and prove a point that perhaps they should have had more rugby in this tournament,” stated the New Zealander.

” It’s an excellent position for them to be in. It’s a position for us to ideally be favorable about the changes in providing gamers a chance.”

Gatland admitted he had few choices in the backline.

” It (selection) wasn’t actually hard at all,” stated Gatland.

He included: “We wanted to give some players an opportunity. We seem like Tomos Williams should have a possibility, to see Rhys Patchell at 10 because, moving forward, there is Gareth Anscombe’s injury and Dan Biggar is not constantly available to Wales offered his dedications [with Northampton] in England.

” Owen Watkin deserves a possibility and then the back three were actually the last 3 standing.

” It’s fantastic to see Owen Lane get a possibility to play. He was really unfortunate not to be in the squad in the first place.

” Hallam gets a chance at full-back, a position where we potentially see his future.”

Last World Cup game for over-30 s?

The Wales coach says some gamers might be playing their last World Cup match, with captain Alun Wyn Jones, Owens, Tipuric, Biggar, Jonathan Davies and replacements Parkes and Aaron Shingler all 30 or over.

” We understand that this will probably be the last World Cup video game for some of the men. We acknowledge that and we have actually simply made a number of modifications to refresh the legs too.”

New Zealand boss and former Wales coach Steve Hansen stated: “This was a tough group to choose because, as always, everyone wished to play.

” But with a short turn-around and the nature of the competition, we feel that this is the ideal team for this event.”

Wales: Amos; Lane, Jonathan Davies, Watkin, Adams; Patchell, T Williams; N Smith, Owens, D Lewis, Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Tipuric, James Davies, Moriarty.

Replacements: E Dee, Carre, W Jones, Ball, Shingler, G Davies, Biggar, Parkes.

New Zealand: B Barrett; B Smith, Crotty, SB Williams, Ioane; Mo’unga, A Smith; Moody, Coles, Laulala, Retallick, S Barrett, Frizell, Cane, Read (capt).

Replacements: Coltman, Moli, Ta’avao, Tuipulotu, Todd, Webber, Lienert-Brown, J Barrett.

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