Wales team to face Scotland in Six Nations

Adam Beard after the Italy v Wales match in 2019 Six Nations

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made one change to his starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland.

Ospreys lock Adam Beard (pictured above) replaces Cory Hill, who will miss the rest of the tournament after suffering an ankle injury during Wales' 21-13 victory over England 10 days ago.

Scarlets forward Jake Ball, meanwhile, takes Beard's place on the bench, with Gatland announcing the team for Murrayfield 48 hours earlier than initially planned.

Although full-back Leigh Halfpenny continued his comeback for the Scarlets three days ago after suffering concussion in November, Gatland has retained Ospreys centre Owen Watkin as the outside back on replacement duty.

Wales are chasing a 13th successive victory, having not been beaten since the midway point of last season's Six Nations when Ireland toppled them 37-27 in Dublin.

And if they beat Scotland - then defeat Ireland in Cardiff seven days later - it would secure the title and a Grand Slam in Gatland's final Six Nations campaign at the helm.

Although they lost to Scotland in Edinburgh on their last visit two years ago, Wales won the four previous Murrayfield encounters.

And they will face a Scotland side defeated in the last two Six Nations games this season, losing to Ireland and France.

Wales last won the Six Nations in 2013, with their latest Grand Slam being clinched the previous season.

Wales team to play Scotland

Forwards: 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Captain), 6 Josh Navidi, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Ross Moriarty

Backs: 9 Gareth Davies, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 11 Josh Adams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Jonathan Davies, 14 George North, 15 Liam Williams

Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Owen Watkin

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