Henson and Phillips recalled
Wales coach Warren Gatland has handed recalls to Gavin Henson and Mike Phillips for the Six Nations opener against Scotland.
Last Updated: 04/02/09 5:39pm
Wales coach Warren Gatland has handed international recalls to Gavin Henson and Mike Phillips for the RBS Six Nations match against Scotland.
The Ospreys duo have not featured for Wales since the Grand Slam-clinching victory over France in Cardiff last year.
Injuries saw both Henson and Phillips sidelined for the summer tour to South Africa and the autumn internationals.
However, Henson will replace Tom Shanklin in the side and wear the No.12 shirt at Murrayfield on Sunday, while Phillips comes in at scrum-half for the injured Gareth Cooper.
Henson's inclusion means that Jamie Roberts moves across to outside centre, with Shanklin dropped to the bench.
Fit-again Ospreys hooker Huw Bennett and recalled Sale No.9 Dwayne Peel are also on the bench.
Gatland said: "We have tried to select on form and are particularly keen to get a look at the partnership in midfield of Gavin Henson and Jamie Roberts, which we have been able to select for the first time.
"But we have had close calls to make throughout the squad, and selection is always down to a matter of opinion. Now we wait and see if these players selected can prove those options correct."
Wales stormed to their second Grand Slam in four seasons last year, but Galtand is refusing to get carried away with that success.
And the New Zealander is expecting Scotland to cause his side a few problems.
"Teams have gone to Scotland in the past and been over-confident and expected a result," he said.
"But the Scots will be looking forward to taking us on, and if we take the challenge lightly we will be playing straight into their hands.
"They are a much-improved outfit over the last 12 months, and they have the talent and the ability to turn teams over."
Wales: 15L Byrne (Ospreys), 14 L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), 13 J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), 12 G Henson (Ospreys), 11 S Williams (Ospreys), 10 S Jones (Scarlets), 9 M Phillips (Ospreys), 1 G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), 2 M Rees (Scarlets), 3 A Jones (Ospreys), 4 I Gough (Ospreys), 5 A-W Jones (Ospreys), 6 R Jones (Ospreys, capt), 7 M Williams (Cardiff Blues), 8 A Powell (Cardiff Blues).
Replacements: 16 H Bennett (Ospreys), 17 J Yapp (Cardiff Blues), 18 L Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), 19 D Jones (Scarlets), 20 D Peel (Sale Sharks), 21 J Hook (Ospreys), 22 T Shanklin (Cardiff Blues).