Luke Morgan to make Wales debut in autumn international against Scotland

Luke Morgan to make Wales debut in autumn international against Scotland
Luke Morgan to make Wales debut in autumn international against Scotland

Wales sevens’ record try scorer recently switched to 15-a-side
Uncapped Jarrod Evans on bench but Samson Lee omitted

Luke Morgan made his first appearance for Ospreys in the PRO14 less than two months ago. Photograph: Ben Evans/Huw Evans/Rex/Shutterstock

Luke Morgan will make his debut for Wales against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday less than two months after his first appearance for Ospreys in the PRO14 having made the switch from the sevens circuit.

The 26-year old wing had a six-year career in sevens, becoming Wales’ record try scorer, but was tempted to try the 15-a-side version of the game by Ospreys, the region he spent a few months with seven years ago. He scored two tries on his league debut against Munster in September.

The Wales head coach, Warren Gatland, who was back in the squad’s camp on Wednesday night after returning to New Zealand for the funeral of his father, was impressed by Morgan’s pace and finishing. The Osprey takes the place of Steff Evans, who has struggled for form this season.

The only other uncapped player in the 23 for the match, which being outside the international window means Wales could not select Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, Tomas Francis and Josh Adams, is the Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans.

Gatland has picked a largely experienced starting lineup with an eye on next week’s match against Wales’ World Cup group opponents Australia, but he has omitted his leading props Rob Evans and Samson Lee – the latter is not even on the bench.

Nearly half the 57 caps on the bench belong to the former with Gatland rewarding players who stood out on the summer tour to Argentina, including the scrum-half Tomos Williams and the flanker Aaron Wainwright.

“We have picked players on form and we are looking forward to seeing Luke make his debut,” said the Wales attack coach, Rob Howley. “Warren was in constant dialogue with us during the week and we have selected a strong squad. The summer allowed us to develop good strength in depth and bringing back seven Lions gives us a good balance.”

Gareth Anscombe makes only his fourth start at fly-half in his 19 Tests with Biggar unavailable because he joined Northampton in the summer and Rhys Patchell following return to play protocols after suffering two concussions this season.

Wales team to play Scotland

L Halfpenny; G North, J Davies, H Parkes, L Morgan; G Anscombe, G Davies; N Smith, K Owens, D Lewis, C Hill, AW Jones (capt), D Lydiate, J Tipuric, R Moriarty. Replacements E Dee, R Evans, L Brown, A Beard, A Wainwright, T Williams, J Evans, S Evans. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email.

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