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Howells handed Wales debut

Ospreys teenager Dafydd Howells headed four uncapped players named in the Wales starting XV to face Japan in Osaka on Saturday.

The 18-year-old wing was named alongside clubmate James King, Blues and Wales sevens centre Owen Williams and Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips.

Wales Under-20 wing Harry Robinson will earn his second cap and Jonathan Spratt gets his first since 2009, while international experience is provided by the likes of captain Bradley Davies, Dan Biggar and Lloyd Williams.

Robin McBryde, head coach for the tour in the absence of Warren Gatland and Rob Howley, said: "The squad have really worked hard over the last couple of weeks and they are ready to get out and play.

"We have been impressed with training and all the boys have put their hand up to try and get into the test team.

"They are eager to get out there now, pull on the jersey and show what they can do.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for them and they know the importance of wearing the jersey and representing our nation."

Wales team to face Japan in Osaka on Saturday: Liam Williams (Scarlets), Harry Robinson (Blues), Owen Williams (Blues), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys), Dafydd Howells (Ospreys), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Blues), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Blues), Bradley Davies (captain, Blues), Lou Reed (Blues), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), James King (Ospreys), Rob McCusker (Scarlets).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Rhys Gill (Saracens), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Andries Pretorius (Blues), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Rhys Patchell (Blues), Tom Prydie (Dragons).


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