Posted: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 15:42 pm

Dan Lydiate to captain Wales


Warren Gatland’s men will be using the fixture to warm up for the two subsequent Tests against South Africa, and Racing Metro flanker Lydiate has recovered from a hamstring injury in time to lead an inexperienced XV.

The uncapped trio of full-back Matthew Morgan, centre Steven Shingler and winger Jordan Williams are all set to start, while Matthew Rees is named in a matchday squad for the first time since February 2013 after his battle with cancer.

“It’s an opportunity to see a number of the squad pull on the Wales jersey and represent their country and see how they handle the game and the pressure,” said Gatland.

“We know how tough the next few weeks are going to be and that starts on Tuesday and we have to be prepared for a big game and hit the ground running.

“We were keen to have this match, to experience a short turn around and replicate what we will face at the World Cup next year.

“That preparation is well under way and Tuesday is a great opportunity for players who have impressed this season and at the trial to stake their claim on the international stage.”

The first Test takes place in Durban next Saturday.

Wales XV to face Eastern Province Kings:
Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Steven Shingler (Scarlets), Jordan Williams (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Rhodri Williams (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys).

Replacements: Matthew Rees (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

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