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Wales Change One for Irish Trip

Wales have made only a single change to their starting line-up for their trip to face Ireland this weekend

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Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has announced his team to take on Ireland in the Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday at 14 15.

There is only one change to the starting XV as Johnny McNicholl is replaced in the line-up by Nick Tompkins, who scored a try on his debut after coming off the bench last weekend. 

Tompkins comes in to the outside-centre position pushing George North to the wing for this weekend’s game. 

Elsewhere, it’s as you were with Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Dillon Lewis in the front-three, while Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones remain in the second-row. 

Aaron Wainwright continues at blindside-flanker, with Justin Tipuric at openside and Taulupe Faletau finishes up the forward pack from No 8. 

In the half-backs Tomos Williams is at scrum-half and partners Dan Biggar at out-half once again, with the duo having Hadleigh Parkes and Tompkins outside them in the midfield. 

Last weekend’s hat-trick hero Josh Adams stays on the left-wing, with North on the right and Leigh Halfpenny completes the starting XV from full-back. 

McNicholl takes a place on the bench along with the likes of Adam Beard, Gareth Davies and Ross Moriarty. 

Speaking ahead of the game Pivac is hoping that his side can continue their winning start to the tournament following their 42-0 thrashing of Italy last Saturday. 

“We’ve made just one change after a winning start last weekend. Nick comes into the side, I thought he played exceptionally well when he came on last week so he deserves the start. George, who played really well last weekend at centre, moves back out to the wing. On the bench, we have a few players back available. Rhys Carre impressed at the RWC and he comes back in. Adam Beard comes in for Cory Hill who picked up a leg injury earlier this week, Gareth (Davies) is fully fit and Owen Williams comes onto the bench and gives us a bit more cover. Momentum is important in the Championship. It was nice to get a good winning start under our belts and hopefully we can build on that through the tournament,” he said. 

Wales head into the match as the current Grand Slam holders and are looking to continue their winning run in the competition, but they know that they will have to be at their best to overturn Ireland in their own backyard come Saturday. 

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below. 

Starting XV:

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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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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