Wales were today able to name an unchanged side to face Scotland on Saturday, with news that Dan Biggar is fit to start the game. Together with Gatland’s decision to keep Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric at numbers 6 and 7 respectively, this is just the kind of consistency required if Wales are to gain some momentum from this game to take into the rest of the tournament.
Gatland has said he wants to see more from some un-named individuals. While there was definitely a collectively solid performance from the team in Dublin, I’d love to see Tom James come into the game more this week, and pose more of a running threat. His form has been superb this season so far, and I’d love to see him score a try on his long-awaited return to Cardiff in international colours.
Elsewhere, Liam Williams deservedly retains the 15 shirt, with Gareth Anscombe starting amongst the replacements. He too needs a big attacking game against a Scotland team who I feel will finish the tournament with a couple of wins to their name. There is no doubt that Williams’ return to fitness has been a massive boost to Wales, and I back him to be one of our most potent attacking weapons as the Six Nations progresses.
This will be the first game at the newly-named Principality Stadium. It’s going to take some getting used to! To commemorate the many years of drama, excitement and emotion at the Millennium Stadium before the new sponsorship deal, the BBC put together some great highlights from the last 17 years. Enjoy!