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Liam Williams to win 50th cap for Wales in team named to face Tonga

Liam Williams will reach the 50-cap milestone for Wales when they take on Tonga this weekend aiming to extend their seven-match winning streak.

Williams will not play at his preferred position of full-back at the Principality Stadium however, as Jonah Holmes comes in to the starting XV meaning the Saracens back moves to the wing.

Ellis Jenkins’ credentials to be in Warren Gatland’s World Cup plans continue to yield gains as he is named as captain by the Wales head coach.

The openside flanker succeeded Sam Warburton as Cardiff Blues captain at the start of the season following the latter’s retirement and will lead his country for a second time.

Jenkins is joined in the back row by Aaron Wainwright who is handed his first start, while Seb Davies will play at number 8.

Lock Adam Beard keeps his place in the team after meeting Australia’s giants Izack Rodda and Adam Coleman eye-to-eye. Gatland has preferred picking fit-again Jake Ball to lead the lineout over Cory Hill, who takes a place on the bench.

Wales team to play Tonga in Cardiff on Saturday (KO 14:30)

Wales: 15 Jonah Holmes 14 Liam Williams, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Leon Brown, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Adam Beard, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Ellis Jenkins (capt), 8 Seb Davies

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Josh Adams

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