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Wednesday, 3 April, 2002, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Taylor returns under captain Charvis
New Wales skipper and No 8 Colin Charvis
Charvis leads Wales after impressing against England
Wales v Scotland at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship, Saturday 6 April (kick-off 1645 BST).

Live on BBC2 Grandstand, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4 FM, and on BBC Sport Online.

When Wales take to the pitch in Cardiff on Saturday to play Scotland in the final round of this year's Six Nations, the team will contain two players who have completed remarkable rehabilitations.

Mark Taylor has made a triumphant return from injury to take back his No 13 shirt, while Colin Charvis replaces the injured Scott Quinnell as both No 8 and captain.

Colin earns his place in the side on sheer ability alone
Wales coach Steve Hansen

The Swansea pair have both been long-term absentees from the Wales starting line-up, but for different reasons.

A serious knee injury has caused Taylor to miss all rugby this season until his return to club action against Edinburgh at the start of the month.

His only other competitive match since being injured on the Lions tour to Australia has been for Wales 'A' against England 'A' a fortnight ago.

Charvis, meanwhile, figured in the autumn internationals but found himself relegated to the 'A' side after missing senior squad training in favour of a trip abroad to visit relatives.

A breakdown of communication with former coach Graham Henry was blamed for the confusion, but current caretaker coach Steve Hansen has been impressed by the attitude, work-rate and play of Charvis.

Neath hooker Barry Williams and Cardiff's Jamie Robinson
Barry Williams replaces Robin McBryde at hooker

The 29-year-old has had to work his way back from the replacements' bench and showed his mettle in a a spirited second-half appearance in the loss to England at Twickenham a fortnight ago.

"Colin earns his place in the side on sheer ability alone," Hansen said. "He's a top player: one of the few world-class players we have.

"He's an intelligent man and I think he's ready to take a step up and be excited by the fact he's captain.

"There's qualities in him that we need to draw out and over a period of time working with him we'll see those qualities come out."

Other changes from the match against England see the return of Rhys Williams, Barry Williams and Ian Gough, with fly-half Stephen Jones also likely to start if he is passed fit.

Cardiff's Rhys Williams is preferred to Bridgend's Dafydd James on the right wing, who drops to the bench, while Taylor replaces Gareth Thomas, who does not even get a place on the bench.

Colin Charvis
Colin Charvis will line up at No 8 for Wales

In the forwards, Neath hooker Barry Williams is preferred to Llanelli's Robin McBryde, who has suffered all season with his throwing at the line-out, while Gough, who missed the England match through injury, returns at lock in place of Chris Wyatt.

Llanelli goal-kicker Jones has recovered from the back injury which caused him to miss the England match, but faces a late fitness check after taking a knock on his knee.

Iestyn Harris, who took over Jones' kicking duties and No 10 shirt at Twickenham, will continue in the pivot role if Jones fails to make it on time.

Wales: K Morgan (Swansea); R Williams (Cardiff), M Taylor (Swansea), A Marinos (Newport), C Morgan (Cardiff); S Jones (Llanell) or I Harris (Cardiff), R Howley (Cardiff); I Thomas (Ebbw Vale), B Williams (Neath), C Anthony, I Gough (Newport), A Moore (Swansea), N Budgett (Bridgend), M Williams (Cardiff), C Charvis (Swansea, capt).
Reps: S John (Cardiff), R McBryde, C Wyatt (Llanelli), G Thomas (Bath), D Peel (Llanelli), S Jones (Llanelli) or I Harris (Cardiff), D James (Bridgend).

Wales captain Colin Charvis
"I'm jubilant to be captain"
Wales coach Steve Hansen
"We've changed round who's starting and who's finishing"
See also:

06 Mar 02 |  Celtic
Taylor in All Whites boost
06 Apr 02 |  International
Taylor made for Wales
05 Mar 02 |  International
Charvis back in contention
18 Jan 02 |  International
Family comes first for Charvis
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