November 22, 2018 / 12:44 PM / 18 days ago

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Williams starts at fullback, Anscombe at flyhalf for Wales against Boks

* Williams chosen at fullback in the place of concussed Halfpenny

* Anscombe preferred to Biggar in the flyhalf berth

* Wales seek historic clean sweep of November internationals (adds details, quotes)

CARDIFF, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Liam Williams has been chosen at fullback as Wales coach Warren Gatland restored Gareth Anscombe to the flyhalf berth for their final November international against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The Welsh are seeking a first-ever clean sweep of victories in the autumn tests with the enforced inclusion of Williams the only change from the side that beat Australia 9-6 a fortnight ago, ending a 13-game losing streak against the Wallabies.

Williams is in for Leigh Halfpenny, who was concussed in that encounter after a heavy tackle from Samu Kerevi and has not recovered in time.

Wales crushed Tonga 74-24 with a much-changed side last weekend, but Gatland has returned to what he feels, Halfpenny aside, is his best starting line-up at present for the visit of the Springboks.

Anscombe has been preferred to Dan Biggar, who takes his place on the bench, while George North also returns on the wing after missing the Tonga tussle with a concussion.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones will be partnered by lock Adam Beard in the second row, while the front of the scrum sees props Tomas Francis and Nicky Smith either side of hooker Ken Owens.

“We have rewarded the team that faced Australia with another start this weekend,” Gatland said in a Welsh Rugby statement.

“There were a lot of tough selection calls, but that is what we want. The team that played last week (against Tonga) was hugely impressive and there are some disappointed boys who miss out.”

The bench is also the same as for the Australia test, bar the inclusion of centre Owen Watkin with the elevation of Williams into the starting line-up.

“We are really pleased with how the bench has gone in the first three games so we will be looking for that impact again on Saturday,” Gatland said.

“We want to end the campaign with a big performance against a very good South African side.”

Aside from wins over Australia and Tonga, Wales also defeated Scotland 21-10 in their opening November fixture and are on an eight-game winning run. Their only defeats in 11 tests this year came away against Ireland and England in the Six Nations.

Team: 15-Liam Williams, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Hadleigh Parkes, 11-Josh Adams, 10-Gareth Anscombe, 9-Gareth Davies, 8-Ross Moriarty, 7-Justin Tipuric, 6-Dan Lydiate, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4-Adam Beard, 3-Tomas Francis, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Nicky Smith

Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rob Evans, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-Ellis Jenkins, 21-Tomos Williams, 22-Dan Biggar, 23-Owen Watkin. (Reporting By Nick Said Editing by Toby Davis)

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