Warren Gatland brings in nine players for the game against England on Saturday, but retains four-cap Gareth Davies at scrum-half

Wales coach Warren Gatland has stuck with scrum-half Gareth Davies for the crunch game against England on Saturday evening, with the experienced Mike Phillips failing to make the bench.

Lloyd Williams will be the replacement No 9 and is preferred by Gatland ahead of the 94-cap Phillips, who was called into the squad before the World Cup after Rhys Webb’s injury.

While Davies keeps his place from the win over Uruguay on opening weekend, Gatland has made nine changes across the pitch including two in the front row.

The vastly experienced Gethin Jenkins comes in for Paul James, while Samson Lee starts on the bench as Tomas Francis replaces the Scarlets man, who was an injury doubt this week.

Behind them it’s all change in the second row, with Alun Wyn Jones and Bradley Davies partnered as Luke Charteris drops to the bench. Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate come into the team for James King and Justin Tipuric respectively.

Dan Biggar gets the nod ahead of Rhys Priestland, while Jamie Roberts returns to the team in place of Cory Allen, who injured a hamstring after scoring a hat-trick against Uruguay. George North also comes in, replacing Alex Cuthbert on the wing.

Wales: Liam Williams; North, S Williams, Roberts, Amos;  Biggar, G Davies; Jenkins, Baldwin, Francis, B Davies, AW Jones, Lydiate, Warburton (capt), Faletau.

Replacements: Owens, Jarvis, Lee, Charteris, Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Priestland, Cuthbert.