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Autumn Nations Cup

Wales name team to face Ireland

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Wales will kick off the Autumn Nations Cup against Ireland on Friday evening (KO 19.00 – S4C & Channel 4) with prop Tomas Francis winning his 50th cap and captain Alun Wyn Jones making his 150th test appearance (141st appearance for Wales, plus 9 British & Irish Lions caps).

Francis packs down again alongside Rhys Carre and Ryan Elias in the front-row with Will Rowlands and Jones continuing their partnership in the second-row.

Justin Tipuric returns to the starting line-up after recovering from tonsillitis and features alongside Shane Lewis-Hughes and Taulupe Faletau.

Wales have named an unchanged back-line with Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar at half-back, with Owen Watkin and Jonathan Davies partnering in the midfield. Josh Adams, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny are named in the back-three.

“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 head coach Wayne Pivac.

On the bench Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee provide the front-row cover with Jake Ball and Aaron Wainwright completing the forward contingent. Uncapped fly-half Callum Sheedy is named in the match-day squad for the first time.

Sheedy is joined on the bench by Lloyd Williams and George North, the latter in line for his 100th test appearance if he takes to the field (currently on 96 Wales caps plus 3 British & Irish Lions).

Autumn Nations Cup

England name 25 man squad

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England have retained a 25-player squad for this weekend’s key Autumn Nations Cup tie against Wales.
 
Eddie Jones’ side will look to make it three tournament wins out of three, when they travel to Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli on Saturday (4pm KO).
 
Ollie Lawrence has been rested for the game with a hip issue.
 
Wales v England is live on Amazon Prime.
 
FULL SQUAD
Backs

Elliot Daly (Saracens, 45 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 86 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 70 caps)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 53 caps)
Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 2 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 59 caps)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 5 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 44 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 102 caps)
 
Forwards
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 24 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 26 caps)
Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 21 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 52 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 41 caps)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 67 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 71 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 38 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 6 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 54 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 62 caps)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 1 cap)
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Autumn Nations Cup

Ireland Squad update. O’Sullivan called up.

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Ed Byrne’s calf tightness ruled him out of playing a role at Twickenham.  He will continue his rehab this week. Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan joins the squad to provide additional cover.

John Ryan flagged an issue during the warm-up which was treated but flared up again during the second half, he is expected to be able to train fully this week.

Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw will continue their respective rehab programmes at the IRFU’s HPC this week.

Ireland will host Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday (KO 2.00pm) in their third fixture of the Autumn Nations Cup competition.  The game will be televised by both RTE and Channel 4. Embed from Getty Images

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Autumn Nations Cup

Wales make wholesale changes for Georgia

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