Six Nations 2015: Wales rest George North for visit to Scotland
Warren Gatland makes one change to the side that lost 21-16 to England as Wales look to get back to winning ways at BT Murrayfield
Liam Williams replaces George North on the left wing as Wales make one change for Six Nations match against Scotland on Sunday.
The Scarlets full-back/wing wins his 20th cap and will hope to take his club form into the match as Wales look to get back to winning ways when they visit BT Murrayfield.
We have taken the decision to give George an extended recovery period ahead of the game against France, in light of his concussion in the autumn.
North, who twice suffered head knocks in last Friday’s defeat to England at the Millennium Stadium is currently symptom free, but the move by the Welsh management is precautionary after the Northampton Saints star was also concussed in the autumn series.
The Welsh Rugby Union was heavily criticised, and subject to an investigation by World Rugby, after medics and management failed to spot North’s second head knock against England and allowed him to remain on the field, despite being knocked out in a collision with team-mate Richard Hibbard.
The change means head coach Warren Gatland has named the same backline that took to the field when Wales defeated South Africa 12-6 in their final Dove Men Series match in November.
“The response from the players has been very positive in training this week and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to right last weekend’s wrongs,” said Gatland.
“Scotland started the tournament well against France, building on their autumn campaign and they will be looking forward to welcoming us to Edinburgh this weekend.
“We know what we need to do and we hope our performance can reflect that.
“We have taken the decision to give George an extended recovery period ahead of the game against France, in light of his concussion in the autumn.”
Scarlets tighthead prop Samson Lee is also named in the front row despite going through return to play protocols after leaving the defeat to England with concussion in the final 10 minutes.
Should he fail to come through the tests, Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis, named on the bench, is in line to replace him with Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrews also travelling with the squad to Edinburgh as cover.
Scarlets centre Scott Williams comes on to the bench in place of his namesake.
With a full round of Guinness PRO12 and Aviva Premiership matches also taking place this weekend, Wales have released a number of players back to their clubs.
Scarlets duo Rob Evans and Gareth Davies, Cardiff Blues duo Kristian Dacey and Cory Allen, Wasps lock Bradley Davies, Ospreys vertaile forward James King, and Newport Gwent Dragons wing Hallam Amos are all available for their respective clubs.
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will name his team on Friday.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Liam Williams (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee* (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys); Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets).
*Subject to player completing graduated return to play protocol.