Wales team to face Scotland in Six Nations

Alun Wyn Jones during the Australia v Wales pool match at 2019 Rugby World Cup Saturday's match will be Alun Wyn Jones' 148th Test (David Davies/PA)

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal the world record for most international rugby union appearances in Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland.

Jones' 148th Test, a tally that includes nine for the British and Irish Lions, matches the figure set by New Zealand's World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw between 2001 and 2015.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, meanwhile, has made four changes to the team beaten by England last weekend, calling up uncapped Sale Sharks prop WillGriff John, fellow front-rower Wyn Jones, lock Cory Hill and scrum-half Rhys Webb.

Hill, who makes his first Wales start since February last year, replaces Jake Ball after he suffered a shoulder injury in the England game.

John, meanwhile, takes over Dillon Lewis, Jones is in for Rob Evans and Webb is preferred to Tomos Williams.

Webb, who was unavailable for Wales during his time with French club Toulon because he did not meet the minimum 60-cap eligibility rule for players plying their trade outside Wales, has not started a Test since November 2017.

This season's tournament will be adjourned after events in Cardiff due to the coronavirus outbreak, with three games outstanding - Ireland's fixtures against Italy and France, plus England's trip to Rome.

Wales will aim to avoid a fourth successive Six Nations defeat, which they have not experienced since 2007, while Scotland last won in the Welsh capital 18 years ago.

Pivac paid tribute to his captain, stating: "Alun Wyn is one of the most iconic figures in the game, he is our leader and I am delighted for him as he continues to set the bar across the game.

"Saturday is a great opportunity for us to wrap up the campaign with a big performance at home in Cardiff.

"We want to finish with the performance we know we can deliver and we have been working hard to get there."

Wales team to play Scotland

Forwards: 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens, 3 WillGriff John*, 4 Cory Hill, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Captain), 6 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Josh Navidi

Backs: 9 Rhys Webb, 10 Dan Biggar, 11 Liam Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Nick Tompkins, 14 George North, 15 Leigh Halfpenny

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Johnny McNicholl

* Denotes uncapped player

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