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Wales Name Team To Face Ireland On Friday Night

Wales have named their starting XV to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Friday night.

After winning their opening game of this year's tournament against Italy in Rome, Wales have lost to both England and Scotland.

Despite calls for Rob Howley to make several changes, the interim boss has stuck with the same team which lined out at Murrayfield 12 days ago.

Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis; Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (c); Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty; Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar; Liam Williams, Scott Williams, Jonathan Davies, George North, Leigh Halfpenny

Replacements:

Scott Baldwin, Nicky Smith, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Taulupe Faletau, Gareth Davies, Sam Davies, Jamie Roberts

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In particular, there was noise for 23-year-old Sam Davies to replace Dan Biggar at out-half along with the dropping of stalwarts Leigh Halfpenny and George North, neither of whom have been on form this Six Nations.

Many Welsh fans are not happy with the team.

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Joe Schmidt will name his side at lunchtime.

The game kicks off at 8:05 on Friday night.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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