Justin Tipuric to win 50th Wales cap in Six Nations clash with Ireland
By Tony Tighe
Last Updated: 08/03/17 9:03pm
Wales have named an unchanged team for Friday's Six Nations contest with Ireland in Cardiff.
Interim head coach Rob Howley has kept faith with the side that suffered a second-half collapse against Scotland at Murrayfield, with Justin Tipuric set to win his 50th cap.
Howley has resisted the temptation to start Sam Davies with fellow Osprey Dan Biggar retained at fly-half, while Bath forwards Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris again feature among the replacements.
"We felt it was important the same group of players had the opportunity to go out and perform on Friday so we have named an unchanged match-day squad," said Howley.
"Friday night is an opportunity for us. There is a lot of experience in our group and you don't become a bad team overnight. We want to show what we can do and that experience will be very important this week.
"We know we need to be more clinical and we need to execute better under pressure and we have been working hard on that during the last few weeks.
"Ireland are one of the in-form sides in world rugby and are coached very well and packed with experience and there are a number of interesting match-up across both teams."
Wales, beaten by England and Scotland in their last two fixtures, have not suffered three successive Six Nations defeats in one season for 10 years.
Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Sam Warburton, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts.