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Warren Gatland has named a strong Wales side for their final Rugby World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Dublin.
After confirming his World Cup squad on Sunday after defeat to this weekend’s opponents in Cardiff, Gatland has chosen a close to first choice starting lineup and bench.
Rhys Patchell starts after impressing from the bench last weekend, while captain Alun Wyn Jones returns in the second row.
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“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.”
After Rob Evans’ World Cup omission, Wyn Jones has a chance to press his case for a starting berth at loosehead, with Elliot Dee and Tomas Francis joining him in the front row.
Jake Ball partners his captain at lock and Gatland has selected a balanced back-row trio of Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty, who has recovered from a hip problem that caused his withdrawal from last weekend’s squad.
Tomos Williams and Patchell combine at nine and ten with first choice halves Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar held in reserve.
In the midfield, Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies are a settled pairing, while Leigh Halfpenny plays just his second international game since last November, starting at full-back
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