The Wales second row has come off the bench twice in the Six Nations previously, but never started a game.
Hill is one of 13 Guinness PRO14 players in Warren Gatland’s starting line-up, which also features ten Scarlets players with the defending champions again flying high this season.
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SCARLETS DOMINATE SELECTION
In the absence of Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell has been rewarded for his good form of late with a start at fly-half, ahead of Cardiff Blues’ Gareth Anscombe.
Gatland said: “Both Rhys and Gareth have been training really well in the last couple of weeks so it was a tough call between the two of them.
“Rhys has started most of the games for the Scarlets at ten and we’ve been pretty happy with his form.
“It’s a combination of nine and ten in midfield as well. It’s a great chance from him and a good opportunity to have a Test start at ten.”
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Patchell’s partnership with regional teammate Gareth Davies at scrum-half is not the only Scarlets combination that Gatland is hoping to benefit from having named an entire front row from the Welsh side.
He said: “It’s nice to see Samson Lee back and playing well and fit again, so having that all-Scarlets front row, it’s about combinations and the familiarity that those guys have playing week in, week out together.”
Ross Moriarty is one of two non-Guinness PRO14 players in the starting XV, but he will be joining the Dragons at the end of the season, with Gatland excited to see the Lions back-rower plying his trade in Wales.
Gatland said: “He hasn’t had a lot of rugby, Ross, but we know what a quality player he is and hopefully he gets through 60 minutes and we’ll see some of his explosive ball-carrying.
“It’s fantastic that he gets a chance and great that he’s going to be playing his rugby in Wales next year.”
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