Wales wing Alex Cuthbert fit to face Australia in Cardiff; Dan Biggar preferred at fly-half

Last Updated: 26/11/13 2:29pm

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Alex Cuthbert: Starts on the wing for Wales against Australia on Saturday

Alex Cuthbert: Starts on the wing for Wales against Australia on Saturday

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Cardiff Blues wing Alex Cuthbert will return to the Wales team for Saturday's clash with Australia after recovering for an ankle injury.

Cuthbert suffered an ankle injury during Cardiff Blues' Heineken Cup victory over holders Toulon last month and missed the opening three November Tests against South Africa, Argentina and Tonga.

But he returns as Wales look to claim their first major southern hemisphere scalp since beating Australia five years ago.

Elsewhere flanker Dan Lydiate features in the back row with Justin Tipuric on the bench, while Dan Biggar wins Wales coach Warren Gatland's fly-half vote ahead of Rhys Priestland, who is among the replacements.

"Alex and the medical teams have worked really hard to ensure he is ready for this weekend and it's great to be able to bring him back into the side," said Gatland.

"We thought Owen (Williams) performed well in the centre against Tonga and he gets another opportunity on Saturday.

"There is a lot of experience in the pack for what is going to be a very physical game. We are looking to finish the series off well. The last three games against Australia have gone right down to the wire and I don't expect anything different this weekend."

Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, O Williams, S Williams, North, Biggar, Phillips; Jenkins, Hibbard, Rhodri Jones, AW Jones, Evans, Lydiate, Warburton (capt), Faletau

Replacements: Owens, Bevington, Lee, Ryan Jones, Tipuric, R Williams, Priestland, L Williams

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