Jones back in the fray as Wales head to Dublin

Joe Leavey
05 September 2019

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Alun Wyn Jones is all set to make his return to international action as Wales conclude their Rugby World Cup warm-ups against Ireland in Dublin.

The Ospreys lock was rested as Warren Gatland’s men fell in last weekend’s defeat in Cardiff to the same opposition, with Saturday’s return fixture the side’s final chance to make any telling tweaks before heading to Japan next Wednesday.

After being named in his fourth world cup squad in Gatland’s announcement on Sunday, Jones will lead out a starting XV that features 14 based in the Guinness PRO14.

Lining up at second row alongside the 127-time capped Jones is Jake Ball of Scarlets, with Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee and Tomas Francis in front of them and Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty behind.

In the backs, Leigh Halfpenny gets the nod at full-back, with George North and Josh Adams completing the back three.

Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes are the centre partnership, with Rhys Patchell and Tomos Williams the half-backs.

“This is our final preparation match so it is important we get enough rugby into us, get rugby ready ahead of our RWC opener against Georgia which is just over two weeks away,” said Wales head coach Gatland.

“It is important we hit the ground running in Japan and we give the players enough time on the field.

“Saturday is the first time these players would have taken to the field as members of the RWC squad, it has been a big week and it is a big opportunity for players to put their hand up and secure spots for the starting XV in Japan.”

WALES TEAM TO FACE IRELAND SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 (KO 14.00)

15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets)

14. George North (Ospreys)

13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets)

11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues)

10. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets)

9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues)

1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets)

2. Elliot Dee (Dragons)

3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)

4. Jake Ball (Scarlets)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (CAPT)

6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)

7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys)

8. Ross Moriarty (Dragons)

Replacements:

16. Ken Owens (Scarlets)

17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys)

18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues)

19. Adam Beard (Ospreys)

20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues)

21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets)

22. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)

23. Liam Williams (Saracens)


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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