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Captain Sam Warburton returns as Wales make three changes for Ireland clash


Sam Warburton of Wales

Sam Warburton of Wales

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Sam Warburton of Wales

Captain Sam Warburton will return to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

Warburton, who began his comeback from a shoulder injury off the bench when Wales beat Italy three days ago, replaces openside flanker Justin Tipuric.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two other changes from the side that accounted for Italy 23-15, recalling 101 times-capped prop Gethin Jenkins in place of Paul James while Andrew Coombs takes over from lock Luke Charteris, who has a hamstring injury.

Toby Faletau continues his record of starting every Six Nations game since making his debut against Ireland in 2012 for a side that hasn’t lost an away game in the competition since 2011.

Wales team to play Ireland: Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (CAPT – Cardiff Blues), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Liam Williams (Scarlets).

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