Wayne Pivac makes one change to the Wales team to take on Ireland with Justin Tipuric replacing James Davies as flanker recovers from tonsillitis
- Wales coach Wayne Pivac has named his team to take on Ireland this weekend
- He has made just one change to the team that lost to Scotland in the Six Nations
- Justin Tipuric has recovered from tonsillitis and is in for James Davies at flanker
- Having sacked defence coach Byron Hayward, the pressure is on Wales in Dublin
Wayne Pivac decided to stick not twist with his team selection for Wales’ match against Ireland as he looks to stop the rot after five consecutive defeats.
The New Zealander only makes one change to the team that lost to Scotland in the Six Nations – with Justin Tipuric recovered from tonsillitis and in for James Davies at flanker.
But otherwise the experienced starting XV, which boasts 799 caps, remains the same and is tasked with extricating the Welsh from the hole they have dug for themselves.
Justin Tipuric replaces James Davies at flanker in the only change for Wales against Ireland
Wayne Pivac has only made one change to the team that lost to Scotland in the Six Nations
Wales have not lost six matches in a row since 2012 – that was an eight-match run crossing over into 2013 including defeats to Australia (four times), Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Ireland.
And having sacked defence coach Byron Hayward this week the pressure is on Wales in Dublin this Friday as they kick off the Autumn Nations Cup.
They have not won in Dublin since 2015 and have lost their last three against the Irish, their last victory coming in March 2019 when they completed a Six Nations Grand Slam.
‘Friday night is the start of a new international season and a new campaign and we are looking forward to getting out there and showing what we can do,’ said Wales boss Pivac.
Wales have not lost six in a row since 2012 – that was an eight-match run going into 2013
‘We have got four matches in the Autumn Nations Cup to perform and we are excited to be kicking the tournament off.’
Tight-head prop Tomas Francis wins his 50th Welsh cap and captain Alun Wyn Jones plays in his 150th international – extending the world record.
The alterations come on the bench. Josh Navidi, Rhys Webb and Ross Moriarty are still not ready to be selected but George North returns and could play his 100th international if he comes on.
Bristol fly-half Callum Sheedy, at the other end of the scale, might make his debut as Elliot Dee replaces Sam Parry, Samson Lee is in for Dillon Lewis and Jake Ball swaps for Cory Hill among the replacements.
WALES TEAM TO PLAY IRELAND
1. Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues (10 Caps)
2. Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (15 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (49 Caps)
4. Will Rowlands (Wasps) (2 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (140 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Shane Lewis-Hughes (Cardiff Blues) (1 Cap)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (77 Caps)
8. Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (78 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (55 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (85 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (26 Caps)
12. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (23 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (83 Caps)
14. Liam Williams (Scarlets) (64 Caps)
15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (91 Caps)
16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (29 Caps)
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (26 Caps)
18. Samson Lee (Scarlets) (42 Caps)
19. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (46 Caps)
20. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (23 Caps)
21. Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues) (28 Caps)
22. Callum Sheedy (Bristol) (*Uncapped)
23. George North (Ospreys) (96 Caps)
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