Wales unchanged for Ireland clash

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Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown against unbeaten title favourites Ireland in Cardiff.

Gatland predictably retains the starting line-up that defeated France 20-13 in Paris 10 days ago, a result that kept alive hopes of Wales landing a third Six Nations crown in four years.

Flanker Sam Warburton, who went off after taking a blow to his knee during the French clash, will break Ryan Jones’ record when he captains Wales for the 34th time on Saturday.

Two injury-enforced changes on the bench, meanwhile, sees uncapped Scarlets prop Rob Evans replacing Bath loosehead Paul James, who suffered a fractured thumb during the France game, while lock Jake Ball takes over from Bradley Davies.

Victory for Wales would see them stay in the title shake-up, but Ireland are chasing a a record 11th successive Test win against all opponents, and they have only lost twice in Cardiff since 1983.

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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