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Faletau starts for Wales in Ireland test

6 February 2020

Wales have made one change to their starting XV to face Ireland this weekend with Nick Tompkins the side as Faletau retains his place at No. 8 (kick-off 14:15 ITV).

Tompkins will line-up at outside centre with George North moving to the wing for the clash in Dublin.

North will line-up in an experienced back-three alongside Josh Adams and Leigh Halfpenny whilst Tompkins will partner Hadleigh Parkes in the midfield. Tomos Williams and Dan Biggar continue their partnership at half-back.

Wales have named an unchanged pack with Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Dillon Lewis in the front-row and Jake Ball lining up alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones.

Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau feature in the backrow.

On Faletau's selection to face Ireland in Dublin, Stuart Hooper said: “Taulupe is a world class player and he’s worked incredibly hard over the last few months to come back from his injury setbacks.

"It is great to see him in the starting XV again this week as he continues to show the world his resilience and vast skillset.

“He will no doubt be striving to get back to his best on the international scene and we’re all proud to see Taulupe starting against Ireland on Saturday and wish him the very best of luck.”

Wales side to face Ireland:

15. Leigh Halfpenny (86 Caps)
14. George North (92 Caps)
13. Nick Tompkins (1 Cap)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (26 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (22 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (80 Caps)
9. Tomos Williams (17 Caps)
1. Wyn Jones (23 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (74 Caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (23 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (43 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (135 Caps)
6. Aaron Wainwright (19 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (73 Caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (73 Caps)

Replacements
16. Ryan Elias (10 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (6 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (7 Caps)
19. Adam Beard (20 Caps)
20. Ross Moriarty (42 Caps)
21. Gareth Davies (51 Caps)
22. Owen Williams (3 Caps)
23. Johnny McNicholl (1 Cap)

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