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Wales name team to face Australia

Wales have announced four changes to the side that clinched the Grand Slam Photo: David Davies / PA Wire

Scarlets duo Ken Owens and Scott Williams have been selected for Wales' first test against Australia in Brisbane this Saturday.

Owens replaces Matthew Rees at hooker, who started in Wales' win over the Barbarians last weekend. Williams, who scored the try that sealed the Triple Crown against England, replaces the injured Jamie Roberts.

In all Wales show four changes to the side that beat France 16-9 to lift the Grand Slam in March. Second rows Bradley Davies and Luke Charteris replace Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones, who moves to the bench.

There's also a place amongst the replacements for uncapped Ospreys centre Ashley Beck.

Caretaker coach Rob Howley says the team are prepared for the challenge ahead.

Australia will be disappointed after their defeat to Scotland, but that will make them all the more dangerous for us.

The Wallabies are still the second highest placed side in the world rankings and we are playing them in their own back yard.

We all appreciate the enormity of the task ahead of us, the long term stats don’t make happy reading for the Welsh against the Wallabies, but as recently as this season we have two losses racked up against Australian opposition and we are determined to stop that trend.

We have created some winning momentum, we have a recent home win against the Barbarians to take into this game and have built a certain amount of confidence within the squad.

– Rob Howley, Wales Caretaker Coach

Wales face Australia on Saturday in the first of three Test matches.

Wales team: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Captain), Toby Faletau

Replacements: Matthew Rees, Paul James, Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Ashley Beck