Gareth Backed Over Biggar

8 November 2018, 18:25 | Updated: 8 November 2018, 18:27

Gareth Anscombe Wales

Anscombe keeps his place at number 10.

Gareth Anscombe has retained the Wales fly-half role for Saturday's Under Armour Series clash with Australia.

Anscombe impressed during Wales' 21-10 victory over Scotland last weekend, when Northampton number 10 Dan Biggar was unavailable as England-based players were ruled out because that game fell outside World Rugby's autumn Test window.

Biggar and his fellow British and Irish Lions back - Saracens wing Liam Williams - are on the bench, with the Welsh Rugby Union announcing three changes as head coach Warren Gatland hands starts to Worcester wing Josh Adams, Exeter prop Tomas Francis and Ospreys lock Adam Beard.

Gatland said: "With selection, we wanted some continuity and to be consistent, but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer, and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity.

"Adam impressed in the summer, as did Josh, and they deserve the chance to start.

"There is a really good balance to the team, a lot of competition, which is exactly what we wanted.

"The bench is packed with quality and experience, and it will be great to see them have an impact on Saturday.

"We were pleased to get a good opening win under our belts last weekend, and this Saturday is all about building on that."