World Cup – Pool D: Wales v Georgia
Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota City Date: Monday, 23 September Kick-off: 11:15 BST
Coverage: Full commentary on every Wales game across BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal Gethin Jenkins’ Wales cap record when he leads out his side against Georgia in Toyota City.

Jones, 34, will win his 129th Wales Test cap on Monday as he starts his fourth World Cup.

Flanker Aaron Wainwright and prop Wyn Jones start ahead of and Nicky Smith.

Josh Navidi is named at number eight with Justin Tipuric completing the back-row.

Head coach has chosen his strongest side for the tournament opener.

This follows a testing week which has seen backs coach Rob Howley sent home for an alleged betting breach.

It will be a first game for new backs coach who has arrived in Japan to replace Howley and will only have a couple of training sessions with the players.

Prop Jones is picked ahead of Smith at loose-head in a front-row that also includes Tomas Francis and hooker Ken Owens who makes his first World Cup start in his third tournament.

With locks Cory Hill and Adam Bead missing for the first game through injury, partners captain Jones in the second-row with Aaron Shingler covering the position among the replacements bench.

Ospreys lock Jones has also won nine caps for the British and Irish Lions.

Dragons flanker Wainwright has been chosen at blindside with Josh Navidi preferred at number eight to Moriarty and Justin Tipuric completing the back-row.

Scrum-half Gareth Davies partners at half-back with fly-half Rhys Patchell fit to take his place on the replacements bench after suffering a head injury in the final warm-up game against Ireland.

Scarlets centres and Hadleigh Parkes again link up in the Welsh midfield alongside full-back Liam and wings George North and .

With an average age of 28 years 331 days this is the oldest Wales starting 15 at the World Cup – 80 days per man older than the team which beat Japan 72-18 at the 2007 tournament.

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Liam (Saracens); George North (Ospreys), (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), (); (Northampton Saints), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Josh Navidi ().

Replacements: Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Dillon Lewis (), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), (Dragons), Tomos (), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), (Scarlets)


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