Halfpenny and Cuthbert return as Jenkins leads Wales

11:26 AM GMT

Leigh Halfpenny will make his first Wales start since September 2015 against Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.

Halfpenny, who suffered a serious knee injury on the eve of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, will line up at fullback alongside George North and Alex Cuthbert.

As expected interim head coach Rob Howley has named Gethin Jenkins as his captain in the absence of Sam Warburton.

Warburton — who will continue his comeback from injury with an appearance for Cardiff Blues against Treviso on Friday night — has been replaced at No. 7 by Justin Tipuric.

Dan Lydiate will operate at blinside flanker, with Gloucester back row Ross Moriarty starting in place of the injured Taulupe Faletau at No. 8.

On the replacements’ bench there is room for uncapped duo Sam Davies and Cory Hill.

Wales team to play Australia:

Halfpenny, Cuthbert, J. Davies, Roberts, North, Biggar, Webb; Jenkins (captain), Owens, Lee, B. Davies, Charteris, Lydiate, Tipuric, Moriarty.

Replacements: Baldwin, Smith, Francis, Hill, King, G. Davies, S. Davies, Amos.

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Halfpenny and Cuthbert return as Jenkins leads Wales
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