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2016-17 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Six Nations Wales Men

Teams up for Wales v Ireland.

The teams are up for Friday nights RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium. Kick off 20.05, live on BBC/S4C. 

There is not a great deal to say about either side. Wales are unchanged from the team that lost to Scotland and Ireland only make one change, from the team that beat France, with Tommy Bowe coming in for the injured Andrew Trimble on the bench to join Ulster team mates Paddy Jackson and Iain Henderson. So, only one Ulster player starting, in Rory Best, and three on the bench. Hmm!

Wales will have something to prove after their second half capitulation in that match against  Scotland and Ireland will be wanting to go into the St Patrick’s weekend fixture against England with a championship to play for. Add in the competition for Lions places and I suspect it will be a fairly abrasive game 

Looking at the teams I can easily see this match going either way. Wales have a bit more experience in the centre and a bit more abrasion on the wings whereas Ireland’s front five edge it for me. However this match will be won by the team that makes the fewest mistakes and gives away the fewer penalties and the back rows and the halfbacks will be the main players. 

Wales have underperformed in these areas and they will need to improve substantially but I think they will get themselves up for this match and Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar are all capable of causing problems. Ireland have had their big match against France, are they capable of raising their game again? 

It’s finely balanced, and hopefully there should be a bit of edge to this game. It should be a cracker. 

The FRU Predicts: Looking forward to this one and I suspect that Ireland might just edge this one. Either way it could go down to the last play of the game. 

WALES IRELAND
Leigh Halfpenny15Rob Kearney
George North14Keith Earls
Jonathan Davies13Garry Ringrose
Scott Williams12Robbie Henshaw
Liam Williams11Simon Zebo
Dan Biggar10Jonathan Sexton
Rhys Webb9Conor Murray
Rob Evans1Jack McGrath
Ken Owens2Rory Best
Tomas Francis3Tadhg Furlong
Jake Ball4Donnacha Ryan
Alun Wyn Jones5Devin Toner
Sam Warburton6CJ Stander
Justin Tipuric7Sean O’Brien
Ross Moriarty8Jamie Heaslip
   
Scott Baldwin16Niall Scannell
Nicky Smith17Cian Healy
Samson Lee18John Ryan
Luke Charteris19Iain Henderson
Taulupe Faletau20Peter O’Mahony
Gareth Davies21Kieran Marmion
Sam Davies22Paddy Jackson
Jamie Roberts23Tommy Bowe

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