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Warren Gatland Names Wales Team For Grand Slam Clash With Ireland

Wales Team Ireland Six Nations

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his side for their Grand Slam clash with Ireland at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday. 

Wales will be bidding for their first Grand Slam since 2012 and their first championship victory since 2013.

It will also be Gatland’s last Six Nations match in charge of Wales so there is no shortage of motivation coming into this one.

Gatland has named an unchanged team from the side which beat Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal Welshman Gethin Jenkins’ total test appearance record as he moves to 134 test caps (125 Wales, 9 British & Irish Lions) and to joint fifth in the overall world test appearance list.

Wales Team Ireland Six Nations

Jones again packs down with Adam Beard in the second-row, with Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis continuing together in the front row. Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty comprise the back row.

Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe are named at half-backs with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies in the centre.

Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams once again comprise the back-three for Wales.

15. Liam Williams (55 Caps)
14. George North (82 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (72 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (14 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (10 Caps)
10. Gareth Anscombe (25 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (40 Caps)
1. Rob Evans (34 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (63 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (39 aps)
4. Adam Beard (12 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) (124 Caps)
6. Josh Navidi (15 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (63 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (30 Caps)

16. Elliot Dee (17 Caps)
17. Nicky Smith (27 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (11 Caps)
19. Jake Ball (31 Caps)
20. Aaron Wainwright (7 Caps)
21. Aled Davies (15 Caps)
22. Dan Biggar (69 Caps)
23. Owen Watkin (12 Caps)

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