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Jones, Gough back to take on Australia

26/11/2008 07:03:10 AM Comments (0)

Wales coach Warren Gatland has recalled winger Mark Jones and veteran lock Ian Gough for the rugby union international against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Jones takes the place of Blues flier Leigh Halfpenny, who drops out of the match-day 22, while Gough comes straight into the starting pack in the place of injured Ospreys clubmate Ian Evans.

The one change on the bench sees Martin Roberts come in for Dwayne Peel, made unavailable for the game by his English club side Sale Sharks as the match falls outside the IRB's window for November internationals.

"In Mark Jones we have a player who has been in form but was kept out, after being injured for our opening fixture, by Leigh (Halfpenny)'s impressive showing," said Gatland.

"But he now has an opportunity to re-stake his claim and we are sure he will rise to that particular challenge.

"Ian Gough brings a wealth of experience to the second row.

"For the rest of the squad we were pleased with the performance last week and so have kept faith, although we are now very much looking for a result to go with that performance," Gatland said in reference to Wales' battling 29-9 loss to the All Blacks.

Wales: Lee Byrne, Mark Jones, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Gareth Cooper, Andy Powell, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones (capt), Ian Gough, Alun-Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins. Reserves: Richard Hibbard, John Yapp, Luke Charteris, Dafydd Jones, Martin Roberts, James Hook, Andrew Bishop.

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