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Josh Navidi to win first cap for Wales against Japan in Tokyo

Last Updated: 13/06/13 4:24am

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Josh Navidi: Will win his first cap for Wales

Josh Navidi: Will win his first cap for Wales

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Wales have made four changes to their line-up for Saturday's second Test against Japan in Tokyo.

Wales survived a scare to beat the Brave Blossoms 22-18 in the first Test in Osaka, however Josh Navidi, Tom Prydie, Rhys Gill and Andries Pretorius will all come into the line-up at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

Cardiff Blues flanker Navidi takes advantage of the absence of rival No 7s Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric - who are both away with the Lions - to win his first cap.

Blues team-mate Pretorius joins him in the back-row with the South African-born No 8 handed his first start.

Saracens prop Gill and Dragons wing Prydie replace Ryan Bevington and the benched Dafydd Howells in the starting XV.


"We were proud of the side's effort last weekend but know we will have to step it up again on Saturday," said caretaker head coach Robin McBryde.

"It was good to see the character of the squad come through in the first Test and we will need that again.

"The players have again all put their hands up for selection making it a tough call for us and that shows their determination to get out on the field and represent their country.

"Japan showed what they are capable of last weekend and we know we will have to be at our best to get the second victory and finish the season on a high."

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 1 Rhys Gill, 2 Emyr Phillips, 3 Scott Andrews, 4 Bradley Davies (capt), 5 Lou Reed, 6 James King, 7 Josh Navidi, 8 Andries Pretorius.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Dafydd Howells.

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