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Howley: Jenkins' replacement Paul James has 'impressed'

Wales Interim Head Coach, Rob Howley, says that Wales will need to be at their best to win at Murrayfield this weekend.

Speaking as he named his side to play Scotland he said Gethin Jenkins, who has been ruled out of the game with a calf injury, would be disappointing for the player but that Paul James had "impressed and made an impact in each game he has played."

We are bringing in a wealth of experience with Alun Wyn and Sam and they both performed well off the bench in Rome. Ryan has led the team to two wins and deserves to captain the side against Scotland. We have spoken a lot about momentum in this tournament and we go into the game with two wins under our belt but Scotland are in the same position and it’s going to be a good challenge.

– Rob Howley, Wales Interim Head Coach

Wales team to face Scotland in full

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones (capt), Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau.

REPLACEMENTS: Ken Owens, Ryan Bevington, Scott Andrews, Andrew Coombs, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams.

Paul James will replace injured Jenkins against Scotland

Gethin Jenkins
Gethin Jenkins suffered a calf muscle injury in their victory over Italy Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Gethin Jenkins will miss Wales' RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Toulon prop, who has won 97 caps, suffered a calf muscle injury during the 26-9 victory over Italy in Rome 10 days ago and is replaced by Bath forward Paul James.

Two other changes from that game see flanker Sam Warburton - last season's Grand Slam captain - return to the starting line-up instead of Justin Tipuric, while lock Alun-Wyn Jones replaces Andrew Coombs.

But even though Warburton has been recalled - he suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the championship - his back-row colleague Ryan Jones remains as skipper.

Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley retains the same back division for a fourth successive game, but three changes on the bench from Rome see Cardiff Blues prop Scott Andrews come in for James, with Coombs and Tipuric swapping places with Jones and Warburton respectively.

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