Wales set to start Hallam Amos after Josh Adams suspension with George North at centre against Ireland – Wales Online

Wales boss Wayne Pivac is considering a surprise start for Hallam Amos in the Six Nations opener against Ireland after the bombshell news about Josh Adams.

George North, we understand, is being lined up for another chance at centre, with Wales veteran 13 Jonathan Davies set to miss out.

It is understood Davies is carrying a suspected injury, having limped off during the Scarlets’ defeat to Cardiff Blues two weeks ago.

Pivac has been forced to rethink his plans for the Principality Stadium clash following the stunning news that Adams has been suspended for the first two games of the tournament.

The obvious option for many would have been for North to be chosen on the wing, with exciting youngster Louis Rees-Zammit on the other flank.

However, it appears Pivac is thinking of continuing with the selection of North at centre, which many deemed a qualified success against Italy in the autumn.

It means a straight like for like change for Adams, with Cardiff Blues star Amos getting the nod.

With Liam Williams suspended following his red card while playing for the Scarlets, Amos is in line for his first Welsh appearance since the bronze medal match against New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup.

The selection of North at centre will surprise some, with the 98-cap star having rediscovered his form for the Ospreys after an autumn campaign that saw him usurped on the wing for Wales.

Adding to the surprise is the fact that Owen Watkin has shown an upturn in form recently and Dragons centre Nick Tompkins is also available.

But it would appear Pivac is set on North continuing in midfield to face the Irish – having also started him in in that position against Italy in last year’s Six Nations opener.

Amos’ last start on the wing for his country came against Uruguay in the World Cup pool stages, 483 days before this year’s Six Nations curtain-raiser with Ireland.

The Cardiff Blues utility back was name-checked by Pivac when he spoke about potential wing options for the weekend.

“We’ve got a couple of options,” said the Wales coach.

“We’ve got George North, Hallam Amos and Louis Rees-Zammit and some midfielders that have been training very well. So we’ve got options there.”

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