6 Nations: Galles, George North titolare al BT Murrayfield

Credit: Jason O'Callaghan
Credit: Jason O’Callaghan

Il Galles ha annunciato la squadra che sabato sfidera’ la Scozia al BT Murrayfield (kick off 2.25pm) nel terzo turno dell’RBS 6 Nations, una gara molto importante per il cammino di entrambe.

Se la Scozia, infatti, vuole tornare a vincere il prima possibile per dimenticare la sconfitta di Parigi, il Galles continua a nutrire il sogno di prendersi il Titolo – nonostante la bruciante sconfitta rimediata a Cardiff contro l’Inghilterra, al momento la favorita per il successo finale – come ha ammesso Dan Biggar in settimana.

Torna George North, che si riprende la maglia numero 14 – con Alex Cuthbert, piuttosto criticato in patria due settimane fa, che non trova posto nei 23 scelti dall’Head Coach Rob Howley. L’esclusione dell’ala dei Cardiff Blues e’ l’unico cambio al XV titolare, mentre in panchina l’unico volto nuovo rispetto alla sfida contro l’Inghilterra e’ Luke Charteris.

We have been able to select from a position of strength which is a huge positive and it is good to welcome George (North) back into the starting XV and Luke (Charteris) on to the bench,” ha detto Howley al sito ufficiale della WRU.
In terms of intensity and performance, we stepped up a level against England and we need to take the positives from that performance and take it into 80 minutes against Scotland at Murrayfield.
We know what we are capable of and we want to deliver that on Saturday alongside the result, which international rugby is all about.

Domani si conosceranno i nomi dei giocatori scelti da Vern Cotter. Grande attenzione e’ riservata, soprattutto, al sostituto di Greig Laidlaw come capitano dei Dark Blues, oltre a chi si prendera’ le maglie 8 e 9, lasciate libere dagli infortuni dello stesso Laidlaw e di Josh Strauss, entrambi costretti a saltare il resto del 6 Nations.

Rhys Webb, mediano di mischia dei Dragoni, ha detto che “them losing Greig is a massive loss – as a leader and as a kicker as well – but they’ve got some threats in the back three with Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour. Whoever plays, they’re all dangerous runners so we’ll have to be tactically smart with those guys playing. I know Ali Price came on at the weekend, he’s been playing in the Glasgow team which has been full of confidence last season and this season. He has a good understanding with Finn Russell so he’s likely to start. They’re all good players but we’re going to be concentrating on ourselves and we’re not worried about who they bring to the party.”

Galles
15 Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) (68 Caps)
14 George North (Northampton Saints) (66 Caps)
13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (61 Caps)
12 Scott Williams (Scarlets) (43 Caps)
11 Liam Williams (Scarlets) (40 Caps)
10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (53 Caps)
9 Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (25 Caps)
1 Rob Evans (Scarlets) (14 Caps)
2 Ken Owens (Scarlets) (47 Caps)
3 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (19 Caps)
4 Jake Ball (Scarlets) (23 Caps)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)(107 Caps) (C)
6 Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) (71 Caps)
7 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (48 Caps)
8 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby) (14 Caps)
Panchina
16 Scott Baldwin (Ospreys) (30 Caps)
17 Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (9 Caps)
18 Samson Lee (Scarlets) (31 Caps)
19 Luke Charteris (Bath) (71 Caps)
20 Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (63 Caps)
21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (23 Caps)
22 Sam Davies (Ospreys) (4 Caps)
23 Jamie Roberts (Harlequins) (88 Caps)

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