Bath Rugby prop Paul James to start for Wales against Scotland in RBS Six Nations
Bath prop forward Paul James has been recalled to the Wales side to take on Scotland at Murrayfield in Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash.
Gethin Jenkins will miss the game having suffered a calf muscle injury during the 26-9 victory over Italy in Rome a week-and-a-half ago.
“It’s disappointing for Gethin to miss out, but Paul has impressed and made an impact in each game he has played,” said Wales interim head coach Rob Howley.
Two other changes from that game see flanker Sam Warburton – last season’s Grand Slam captain – return to the starting line-up instead of Justin Tipuric, while lock Alun-Wyn Jones replaces Andrew Coombs.
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Even though Warburton has been recalled – he suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the championship – his back-row colleague Ryan Jones remains as skipper.
Jones, who has captained Wales a record 31 times, took over from Warburton when Wales beat France in Paris, and he unsurprisingly keeps the job this weekend.
Howley retains the same back division for a fourth successive game, but four changes on the bench from Rome see Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrews come in for James and Ryan Bevington replace Craig Mitchell, with Coombs and Tipuric swapping places with Jones and Warburton.
“We are bringing in a wealth of experience with Alun-Wyn and Sam, and they both performed well off the bench in Rome,” added Howley.