Patchell, Williams Earn Starts As Wales Take On Ireland

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Warren Gatland has decided to put together nearly a first-choice side for Saturday's final World Cup tune-up against Ireland. 

If last week was about assessing fringe players, this week is all about sharpening the blades before they head off to Japan. Gatland wants his boys truly battle-tested before they run through the World Cup gauntlet. 

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After their cracking second-half performances a week ago, Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell will get the nods as the halfback combo. Both players have a keen ability to hold defenders and keep them guessing, while offering the skillset and athleticism to open things up. 


Their good form is a welcome sign for Welsh supporters, who had seen both players suffer from a drop in confidence over the course of the year. A start in the red shirt should do them both a world of good, and if the two are clicking, Wales are dangerous as ever. 

Alun-Wyn Jones captains the side once again in his 128th cap for Wales. He'll be joined in the second row by the hard-charging Jake Ball, with towering youngster Adam Beard taking a spot on the bench. 

Elliot Dee gets the call at hooker. He came on as a substitute last week against Ireland, and Gats will give him his first chance of the summer to get a start. 

Incumbent hooker Ken Owens will be the starter in the World Cup, but for this week he comes off the bench. In the front row Dee will pair up with Wyn Jones and Exeter man Tomas Francis. 


Another youngster, Aaron Wainwright, will start at blindside flanker. He will get the spot in place of battering ram Josh Navidi, who also comes off the bench. British Lion Justin Tipuric mans the other flank, and Ross Moriarty takes his position at the back of the scrum. 

In the centers, the ever-reliable Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies get the call, while British Lions Leigh Halfpenny and George North link up with rising star Josh Adams in the back three. 

Other big names will be coming in from the bench as well, including Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, and Gareth Davies. 

Wales will want to generate some momentum ahead of their World Cup campaign, and snagging a win on Irish soil this weekend is a great way to do so. 

1. W. Jones 2. Dee 3. Francis 4. Ball 5. A.W. Jones 6. Wainwright 7. Tipuric 8. Moriarty 9. T. Williams 10. Patchell 11. Adams 12. Parkes 13. J. Davies 14. North 15. Halfpenny 16. Owens 17. Smith 18. Lewis 19. Beard 20. Navidi 21. G. Davies 22. Biggar 23. L. Williams

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