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Big Names Return As Wales Name Team To Play Ireland

Big Names Return As Wales Name Team To Play Ireland

A trio of Lions have returned to the Wales starting lineup for this weekend's game against Ireland.

What has been an injury-plagued side is boosted by the return of Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar. In changes to the team which controversially lost to England at Twickenham, they replace Gareth Anscombe, Josh Adams and Rhys Patchell.

In Ireland's favour, it is still a Wales team bereft of a number of key players including Jonathan Davies, Rhys Webb, Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton.

The Ireland team is expected to be named on Thursday afternoon.

Wales team to play Ireland:

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Liam Williams
13. Scott Williams
12. Hadleigh Parkes
11. Steff Evans
10. Dan Biggar
9. Gareth Davies

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1. Rob Evans
2. Ken Owens
3. Samson Lee
4. Cory Hill
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C)
6. Aaron Shingler
7. Josh Navidi
8. Ross Moriarty

Replacements:

16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (4 Caps)
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
18. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (28 Caps)
19. Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (59 Caps)
20. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (54 Caps)
21. Aled Davies (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
22. Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
23. George North (Northampton Saints) (70 Caps)

See Also: Shane Williams Laments Loss Of Welsh-Born Back To Ireland

PJ Browne
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