Evans gets Jones vote of confidence

Gethin Jenkins greets Rob Evans as he comes on to replace the Scarlets prop for Wales against Ireland

Gethin Jenkins (left) made his 120th appearance for Wales when he replaced Rob Evans against Ireland

Adam Jones believes Rob Evans deserves to start against Scotland after his display in Wales’s 16-16 Six Nations draw in Ireland,

The 23-year-old Scarlets prop started ahead of record appearance holder Gethin Jenkins, and 95-times capped tight-head Jones says coach Warren Gatland should do the same again.

“It’s nice to have Gethin off the bench for the last half hour,” he said.

Gatland names his team to play Scotland in Cardiff at 11:00 GMT on Thursday.

Jenkins earned his 120th cap for Wales when he came on in the second half at the Aviva Stadium.

Jones packed down alongside Jenkins in the 2005, 2008 and 2012 Wales Grand Slam campaigns, but was impressed with Evans.

“Rob was outstanding at the weekend,” added Jones.

“I think it was something like 13 tackles and 13 carries and he was part of a dominant scrum.

“It’s a good mix at the moment. But they could swap around, it could be Paul [James] in there as well.”

Rhys Priestland wan his 41st cap when he replaced Dan Biggar in Dublin

Fly-half fitness concern

The other big question facing Gatland – who has never lost a game against Scotland since becoming Wales coach – is the fitness of fly-half Dan Biggar.

The Ospreys player sprained an ankle against Ireland and was replaced by Rhys Priestland who kicked 11 points.

Biggar could be ready to train on Thursday, having come out of a surgical boot on Wednesday.

“If he (Biggar) is fit enough, he’s fit enough. If he’s not, he’s not. It is as clear-cut as that,” said Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde.

“We know there is not a lot of pressure on us to make that decision because we have an able body in Rhys Priestland, which takes the pressure off having to make a decision early in the week.”

Anscombe fit for selection

Wales delayed their team announcement by 24 hours because of a number of “bumps and bruises” suffered against Ireland.

However, full-back Gareth Anscombe was reported to be available for selection after withdrawing from the match against Ireland with a tight hamstring.

In the back row, Gatland faces a decision whether to re-introduce Dan Lydiate on the blindside and switch captain Sam Warburton back to number seven in place of Justin Tipuric.

Those selections aside, it seems Wales are likely to stick with the team that started at the Aviva Stadium against a Scotland side looking for their first win in Cardiff since 2002.

Scotland also name their team on Thursday morning.

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