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Cardiff –Rhys Patchell’simpressive second-half performance in the 22-17 defeat toIrelandlast Saturday has earned the flyhalf the starting spot forWales’sfinal World Cup Test against the same opponents on Saturday.

The 26-year-old transformed the Welsh when he came on for the second period as they came back from 22-3 down to pull to within five points, Patchell scoring a try to boot.

That gave him the edge over Jarrod Evans as backup to flyhalf Dan Biggar – who himself was second pick behind Gareth Anscombe until the latter suffered a knee injury last month.

Patchell teams up again with scrumhalf Tomos Williams, who also came on for the second-half against the Irish.

The halfbacks are relatively raw in terms of Test rugby but will have the exp

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