WALES have made four changes for the second Test against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi has ben selected to make his international debut at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, with Tom Prydie (Dragons), Rhys Gill (Saracens) and Andries Pretorius (Cardiff Blues) also being drafted into the starting XV.
Team: Liam Williams; H Robinson, O Williams, J Spratt, T Prydie; D Biggar, Lloyd Williams; R Gill, E Phillips, S Andrews, B Davies (capt), L Reed, J King, J Navidi, A Pretorius. Subs: S Baldwin, R Jones, C Mitchell, A Coombs, D Baker, T Knoyle, R Patchell, D Howells.
Henson ‘thrilled’ with Bath deal
BATH have signed former Ospreys and Cardiff Blues back Gavin Henson. The 31-year-old has won 33 caps for Wales, with his last coming in August 2011.
He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Bath this summer, and I look forward to becoming part of what looks a very exciting squad. I still very much want to be playing at the highest level, and Bath is a big club.”
Henson last played for London Welsh, kicking 53 points in seven Premiership appearances last season. Injuries, though, limited him to just 11 games for the relegated club. Henson took a sabbatical from rugby in 2009 and 2010. Then he was suspended for two weeks by Toulon after a fight with team-mates, while his spell with the Blues was cut short after a drunken plane incident.
Yarde is handed England Test debut
LONDON Irish wing Marland Yarde will make his England Test debut against Argentina tomorrow. He has replaced David Strettle on the left wing and he will be joined in England’s three-quarters line by Bath centre Kyle Eastmond. The rugby league convert will step up from the bench to make his first England start after Billy Twelvetrees was called up by the British and Irish Lions. England won the first Test 32-3.
Team: M Brown (Harlequins); C Wade (Wasps), J Joseph (London Irish), K Eastmond (Bath), M Yarde (London Irish); F Burns (Gloucester), L Dickson (Northampton); J Marler (Harlequins), R Webber (Bath), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), D Attwood (Bath), T Wood (Northampton, capt), M Kvesic (Worcester), B Morgan (Gloucester). Subs: D Paice (London Irish), H Thomas (Sale Sharks), P Doran-Jones (Northampton), C Lawes (Northampton), B Vunipola (Wasps), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), S Myler (Northampton), B Foden (Northampton).
Michalak returns for second Test
VETERAN stand-off Frederic Michalak has been included among four changes to the French team for tomorrow’s second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch.
Michalak, the only backline personnel change, was chosen in place of Camille Lopez, who made his debut in last weekend’s 23-13 loss in the first Test at Eden Park.
Team: M Medard; A Plante, F Fritz, W Fofana, Y Huget; F Michalak, M Machenaud; T Domingo, D Szarzewski, N Mas, C Samson, Y Maestri, T Dusautoir (capt), B Le Roux, L Picamoles. Subs: B Kayser, V Debaty, L Ducalcon, S Vahaamahina, Y Nyanga, B Dulin, R Tales, M Bastareaud.