Wayne Pivac has given out three new caps in the team as Johnny Williams, Kieran Hardy and James Botham start. The media are very keen that you know James Botham has a grandparent. The bench has another debutant in Bristol’s Ioan Lloyd. the bench in Ioan Lloyd.
Lloyd’s clubmate Callum Sheedy makes his first start at out-half, and the much-trailed teenager Louis Rees-Zammit gets his first go from the off on the wing. Rees-Zammit is a raw prospect, with all the tools, but everyone would do well to calm down a bit. I hope he goes well in this game, but this could stoke the hype train to derailment levels and that’s not the best for him. Justin Tipuric is captain.
Five changes for Georgia from the team that was so roundly tonked in a downpour by England. Vasil Lobzhanidze – who looked bright off the bench last week – comes into the back-line with Sandro Todua, while in the pack Jaba Bregvadze, Konstantine Mikautadze and Otar Giorgadze start.
Wales: Liam Williams; Johnny McNicholl, Nick Tompkins, Johnny Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit; Callum Sheedy, Kieran Hardy; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Seb Davies, James Botham, Justin Tipuric (captain), Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Leon Brown, Cory Hill, James Davies, Rhys Webb, Ioan Lloyd, Jonah Holmes.
Georgia: Lasha Khmaladze; Akaki Tabutsadze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Merab Sharikadze (captain), Sandro Todua; Tedo Abzhandadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Beka Gigashvili, Grigor Kerdikoshvili, Konstantine Mikautadze, Otar Giorgadze, Beka Saginadze, Beka Gorgadze.
Replacements: Giorgi Chkoidze, Guram Gogichashvili, Lekso Kaulashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Gela Aprasidze, Deme Tapladze, Tamaz Mchedlidze