Hibbard: Wales keen to repay Gatland’s loyalty

Warren Gatland has made just one change to his Wales starting XV for the match against Scotland - and British & Irish Lion Richard Hibbard says the team are desperate to repay their coach's faith. [more]

Hibbard: Wales keen to repay Gatland’s loyalty

Warren Gatland has made just one change to his Wales starting XV for the match against Scotland – and British & Irish Lion Richard Hibbard says the team are desperate to repay their coach’s faith.

Gatland has chosen to rest George North, with Liam Williams taking the winger’s place, but resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes despite a 21-16 loss to England in Cardiff last Friday.

That means Hibbard, who played in all three Tests on the Lions’ tour of Australia in 2013, will win his 35th cap for Wales.

Gatland’s troops led 16-8 against England at half-time before the Red Rose responded with 13 unanswered points in the second period.

But Hibbard insists his side are primed for a bounce-back display in Edinburgh on Sunday and that their coach deserves an improved performance.

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“I think we owe him that for giving us a second chance,” Hibbard told BBC Sport.

“We let ourselves down and let a lot of people down at the weekend losing to England, especially at home.

“To get a second chance – it's a great opportunity. We know we've got to push on.

“We know it's going to be a tough Test and we’ve really got to bring our A-game.”

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