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Wales happy that the side that lost to Scotland can beat Ireland

There are no changes ahead of the clash at the Principality Stadium on Friday night.

Justin Tipuric will win his 50th cap on Friday.
Justin Tipuric will win his 50th cap on Friday.
Image: Craig Watson/INPHO

WALES HAVE NAMED an unchanged side to take on Ireland in the RBS Six Nations at the Principality Stadium on Friday night [kick off 8.05pm RTÉ Two].

That means that Justin Tipuric will win his 50th cap, lining up alongside Sam Warburton and Ross Moriarty in the back row.

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the side from the second row alongside Jake Ball, with Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis named at the front of the pack.

The half-backs are an all-Ospreys pair of Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar while Scarlets duo Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies partner up in midfield.

Liam Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny comprise the back three once again.

“We felt it was important the same group of players had the opportunity to go out and perform on Friday so we have named an unchanged match-day squad,” said Wales Head Coach Rob Howley.

“Friday night is an opportunity for us.  There is a lot of experience in our group and you don’t become a bad team overnight. We want to show what we can do and that experience will be very important this week.”

Wales (v Ireland):

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. George North
13. Jonathan Davies
12. Scott Williams
11. Liam Williams
10. Dan Biggar
9. Rhys Webb

1. Rob Evans
2. Ken Owens
3. Tomas Francis
4. Jake Ball
5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain)
6. Sam Warburton
7. Justin Tipuric
8. Ross Moriarty


16. Scott Baldwin
17. Nicky Smith
18. Samson Lee
19. Luke Charteris
20. Taulupe Faletau
21. Gareth Davies
22. Sam Davies
23. Jamie Roberts

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