Sunday 15 September 2019

Alun Wyn Jones returns as Wales name strong team for Saturday's final Rugby World Cup warm-up against Ireland

Wales' Alun Wyn Jones in action during a line out. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Wales' Alun Wyn Jones in action during a line out. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

Tony Considine

Wales have named a strong side featuring 15 changes for their final preparation match against Ireland ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns and will partner Jake Ball in the second-row with a back-row of Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty

The half-backs are Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell, who start ahead of the first choice pairing of f Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar, while the centre paring will be Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies.

Josh Adams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny make up the back-three for Wales.

"This is our final preparation match so it is important we get enough rugby into us, get rugby ready ahead of our RWC opener against Georgia which is just over two weeks away," said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

"It is important we hit the ground running in Japan and we give the players enough time on the field. 

"Saturday is the first time these players would have taken to the field as members of the RWC squad, it has been a big week and it is a big opportunity for players to put their hand up and secure spots for the starting XV in Japan."

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