Wales welcome back Josh Adams and Aaron Wainwright from injury

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Wing Josh Adams and number eight Aaron Wainwright have recovered from injuries and will start Wales’ Autumn Nations Series finale against Australia on Saturday.

Adams was withdrawn just before kick-off when Wales faced Fiji last Sunday due to a calf muscle issue, while Wainwright missed that game because of a shoulder problem.

Elsewhere, prop Tomas Francis has successfully completed concussion return-to-play protocols and is recalled, and Seb Davies takes over from lock Will Rowlands, who suffered a head knock against Fiji.

Other starters include centre Uilisi Halaholo – his first of the autumn – with Halaholo, who tested positive for coronavirus last month and spent 10 days isolating, partnering Nick Tompkins in midfield.

Scarlets’ 93 times-capped centre Jonathan Davies does not feature, with flanker Ellis Jenkins continuing as captain at the Principality Stadium.

Jenkins is joined in the back-row by Wainwright and Taine Basham, and there is a recall for British and Irish Lions prop Wyn Jones, who packs down alongside Ryan Elias and Francis.

Ellis Jenkins will captain Wales
Ellis Jenkins will captain Wales (David Davies/PA)

Elias, Basham and lock Adam Beard, meanwhile, are the only three players selected to start all of Wales’ autumn games against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia.

Wales are seeking a third successive victory over Australia, which includes a pool stage win at the 2019 World Cup, following a run of 13 defeats against the Wallabies.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac said: “It has been a tough campaign, but one where we have exposed more players to this level of rugby, which all bodes well for the future.

“With the injuries we’ve faced, we have had to adapt, and those are opportunities that some of the players have taken very well.

Wales v South Africa – Autumn Internationals – Principality Stadium
Wayne Pivac’s side face Australia

“Australia have been on the road for a while now – the series they had down south, and a couple of losses in the last couple of games.

“They will be hurting from that and they will want to finish their tour on a high note, as we would like to finish our campaign on a high note. It bodes well for a pretty interesting fixture.

“Dave Rennie (Australia head coach) brings a physical approach to the game, and we certainly expect that from the Australians, but we have to be able to match that and impose ourselves on the game.”

Ospreys forward Francis suffered concussion during Wales training last week, and Pivac added: “He is seeing an independent consultant this evening, so he has been named on the proviso that he comes through that process.

Tomas Francis will return for Wales
Tomas Francis will return for Wales (David Davies/PA)

“Failing that, we have obviously been training with Plan B all week.

“It has been a challenging week for the players and the management.

“It’s been three very physical matches at a time of the season where preparation probably wasn’t the best that we would have liked, the players would have liked, so a lot of effort has been put in over the last four weeks.

“We’ve given them a good rest this week – today is the first big training day – but everyone knows their roles, so it is about freshening them up for one more big effort.”

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