Fly-half Dan Biggar will feature in an unchanged Wales team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at the Principality Stadium.
Biggar limped off midway through the first half of last weekend’s 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin after suffering a sprained ankle, and was replaced by Rhys Priestland.
But Biggar has retained his place, with one change on the bench seeing Cardiff Blues back Gareth Anscombe, who was ruled out of the Ireland game due to a tight hamstring, replacing Alex Cuthbert.
Biggar was arguably Wales’ star performer during the World Cup earlier this season and his return to fitness is a major boost for head coach Warren Gatland.
Elsewhere, Gatland has again selected skipper Sam Warburton at blindside flanker, with Justin Tipuric wearing the number seven shirt, while Scarlets props Rob Evans and Samson Lee have another opportunity to impress following a strong scrummaging performance against Ireland.
Centre Jonathan Davies wins his 50th cap and lines up alongside midfield partner Jamie Roberts for the 41st time in Tests, with Anscombe offering versatile back division cover off the bench.
“It’s great to be able to name an unchanged side, with Dan coming through, fit and ready to play,” Gatland said.
“It is a reward for some players who put in a great shift in Dublin, while we will be asking a little more of some of the players as well.
“It’s great to see Jonathan reach his 50th cap and continue his impressive international partnership with Jamie in the midfield.
“We were impressed with the impact from the bench last week, and that will be just as vital this weekend in what is going to be a tough battle.”
Wales have not lost to Scotland since Gatland took charge in 2008, winning eight successive Tests, while the Scots last triumphed in Cardiff 14 years ago.
Although Wales saw their Grand Slam and Triple Crown hopes disappear with the draw in Dublin, they still appear well placed for a major title push.
Three of their four remaining games are at home - they also face England at Twickenham on March 12 - with Scotland being followed at the Principality Stadium by France and Italy.
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