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Jenkins awards two new caps

By Lee Walker.   Last Updated: 07/06/06 5:53pm

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Argentina v Wales, Sunday June 11, 6.30pm

Ospreys pair Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones will make their Wales debuts in the first Test against Argentina in Puerto Madryn on Sunday.

Gareth Jenkins' first selection as coach also sees three uncapped players on the bench, Ospreys fly-half James Hook and hooker Richard Hibbard plus Newport Gwent Dragons prop Rhys Thomas.

Cardiff's Jamie Robinson returns after a three-year absence and will partner his brother Nicky in the centers with Duncan Jones leading the team.

Jenkins said: "We've a young team with an average of just 16 caps each and just one player in Shane Williams who has made over 30 appearances.

"We have a talented group here and everyone of them would give their all for their country, but the key decisions were in the forwards.

"We've gone for Matthew (Rees) at hooker in order to have a good look at him in this environment and have told Huw (Bennett) that he will be involved for Test two.

Wales have beaten the Pumas in six of their previous eight meetings but this is the first time the two countries have met in Welsh-speaking Patagonia.

Argentina: 15-Juan Martin Hernández (Stade Français), 14-Jose Maria Nuñez Piossek (Bayonne), 13-Gonzalo Tiesi (London Irish), 12-Rafael Carballo (Toulon), 11-Lucas Borges (Stade Français), 10-Federico Todeschini (Beziers), 9-Agustín Pichot (Stade Français - Captain); 1-Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Français), 2-Mario Ledesma (Montferrand), 3-Martin Scelzo (Montferrand), 4-Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe (Sale), 5-Rimas Alvarez (Perpignan), 6-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Liceo Naval), 7-Juan Manuel Leguizamon (London Irish), 8-Gonzalo Longo (Montferrand)

Replacements: Marcos Ayerza (Newman), Federico Serra Miras (SIC), Martin Durand (Montpellier), Nicolas Fernandez Miranda (Hindu), Pablo Gambarini (CASI), Francisco Leonelli (Edinburgh), Martin Schusterman (Plymouth),  

Wales: 15-Lee Byrne (Ospreys), 14-Mark Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), 13-Jamie Robinson (Cardiff Blues), 12-Matthew Watkins (Llanelli Scarlets), 11-Shane Williams (Ospreys), 10-Nicky Robinson (Cardiff Blues), 9-Mike Phillips (Cardiff Blues); 1-Duncan Jones (Ospreys - Captain), 2-Matthew Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), 3-Adam Jones (Ospreys), 4-Ian Gough (Newport Gwent Dragons), 5-Ian Evans (Ospreys), 6-Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), 7-Gavin Thomas (Llanelli Scarlets), 8-Alix Popham (Llanelli Scarlets)

Replacements: Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Rhys Thomas (Newport Gwent Dragons), John Yapp (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Delve (Bath), Andy Williams (Bath), James Hook (Ospreys), Chris Czekaj (Cardiff Blues).


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