Wales make 14 changes ahead of clash with Georgia

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Wales RFU coaching staff have made an astonishing 14 changes to the side that took on Australia last week as they take on Georgia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
One of the changes see’s second row Seb Davies who will win his third cap named at number 8, even though the 21-year-old has never played the position at club level.
Flanker Dan Lydiate will Captain the side as he partners Sam Cross in the back row, who will make his first start for wales in what will be only his third professional match having played twice for the Ospreys before being named on the bench for last weekend’s game against Australia. Other players earning their first starts for Wales are Prop forward Leon Brown, 2nd row Adam Beard and centre Owen Watkins.
In the half backs Rhys Webb will make his return from injury as he partners Bath fly half Rhys Preistland, While the only survivor from Saturdays match is Liam Williams who will switch from the wing to the fullback shirt.
Although it is a much-changed side the only person in the match day 23 that as yet to earn a cap is Dragons 23 year old Hooker Elliot Dee.

Wales: L Williams, Cuthbert, S Williams, Watkin, Amos; Priestland; Webb; Smith, Dacey, Brown, Beard, Hill, Lydiate, Cross, Davies.

Replacements: Dee, Wyn Jones, Francis, Navidi, Faletau, A Davies, Biggar, O Williams.

Georgia: Matiashvili, Koshadze, Katcharava, Merab Sharikadze, Modebadze; Khmaladze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Bregvadze, Chilachava, Mikautadze, Nemsadze, Lomidze, Kolelishvili, Bitzadze.

Replacements: Mamukashvili, Asieshvili, Bekoshvili, Chkhaidze, Tkhilaishvili, Begadze, Jintchvelashvili, Kvirikashvili.

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