New Gloucester Rugby signing Nicky Robinson has been recalled to the Wales side to play the USA in Chicago on Saturday.
Robinson will pair up at half back with Dwayne Peel with outgoing Gloucester scrum half Gareth Cooper and fly half Dan Biggar dropping down to the bench folloiwng the 32-23 win over Canada last weekend.
Wales Tour Coach Robin McBryde today stated that it's a great opportunity for Robinson who won the last of his 12 caps in Argentina in 2006.
"It was a tough call on Dan Biggar, who was man of the match, deservedly so, against Canada. He's really set the standard for Nicky."
"Nicky deserves a start, we feel, so I'm sure he'll be looking to make the most of it."
"His kicking game, his all-around passing ability, he's a running threat and I think he's got a good balance to his game at the moment, hence his inclusion on the trip and he's got an opportunity on Saturday."
Daniel Evans (Scarlets); Mark Jones (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Andrew Bishop (Ospreys), Tom James (Cardiff Blues); Nicky Robinson (Gloucester), Dwayne Peel (Sale); Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Williams (Cardiff Blues), John Yapp (Blues), Ian Gough (Ospreys), Deiniol Jones (Blues), Dafydd Jones (Scarlets), Robin Sowden-Taylor (Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt).
Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Craig Mitchell (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), Sam Warburton (Blues), Gareth Cooper (Blues), Daniel Biggar (Ospreys), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys).
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.