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Ireland V Wales: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

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Ireland welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their final warm-up game before they board the flight to Japan for the World Cup.

The fixture will also mark the final game on home soil for captain Rory Best and head coach Joe Schmidt who will both be stepping away following the tournament. However, it will also serve as a final opportunity for the team to allay concerns following their string of below-par performances since they beat the All Blacks last November.

Both Schmidt and Warren Gatland have named near full-strength teams with Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw all set to make their first appearances in green this season. Following his surprise inclusion in the World Cup squad over Devin Toner, Jean Kleyn is named in the second row alongside James Ryan.

Meanwhile, following his impressive display from the bench against Ireland in the reverse fixture in Cardiff last week, Rhys Patchell is handed the starting jersey at fly-half. A formidable backline sees Leigh Halfpenny start at fullback while Josh Adams and George North take their place on the wings.

Ahead of the 2pm kick-off in Dublin, we are asking you to select the best combined XV from the starting lineups. You can vote in our poll below:


Author: Marisa Kennedy

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