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Three Blues To Start Against Boks

17th November 2005

Forwards Martyn Williams, Rhys Thomas and Robert Sidoli will all line up in the starting fifteen for Wales in their third Autumn Series international against South Africa this weekend.

Scrum Half Mike Phillips will start the game on the replacements bench.

Mike Ruddock said,
"Rhys Thomas has played himself into the team.

"Our rationale has been to go for a team that has the potential to play the exciting brand of rugby that we associate with the Welsh team and a team that can adopt a strong defensive attitude when the Springboks have the ball.

"We may have lost a few players to injuries but we believe we have an exceptionally strong team here with a good mix of experienced players and some great young prospects."

Wales: L Byrne (Llanelli Scarlets); D James (Llanelli Scarlets), S Parker (Ospreys), G Thomas (Toulouse, capt), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Clermont Auvergne), G Cooper (Newport Gwent Dragons); D Jones (Ospreys), R Thomas (Cardiff Blues), C Horsman (Worcester), R Sidoli (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), C Charvis (Newcastle), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), M Owen (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: M Davies (Gloucester), A Jones (Ospreys), I Gough (Newport Gwent Dragons), J Thomas (Ospreys), M Phillips (Cardiff Blues), C Sweeney (Newport Gwent Dragons), M Watkins (Llanelli Scarlets).