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Adams and Williams return to Wales XV for final warm-up clash

Blues News | 5th September 2019


Cardiff Blues duo Josh Adams and Tomos Williams return to Wales' starting line-up for the final Rugby World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday (KO 2.00pm).

Warren Gatland's side will have a final run-out against Joe Schmidt's side before they head to the Land of the Rising Sun for the global showpiece.

They will get their World Cup campaign underway on Monday, September 23, against Georgia at Tokyo City.

Gatland has rotated his full starting line-up, with a total of 15 changes made for the trip to Aviva Stadium, and a further two members of the Cardiff Blues squad - Josh Navidi and Dillon Lewis - featuring on the bench.

Alun Wyn Jones returns to captain the side on his 128th cap, while Cardiff Blues academy product, Rhys Patchell, is given the nod at outside half to partner Williams.

Adams is reunited with George North on the wings, while another from the Blues' system, Leigh Halfpenny, is handed the number 15 jersey.

Gatland can also rely on plenty of firepower from the bench, with Navidi and Lewis joined by the likes of Liam Williams, Ken Owen, Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar.

WALES TEAM TO FACE IRELAND SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 (KO 14.00 CHANNEL 4)
15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (81 Caps)
14. George North (Ospreys) (85 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (75 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
10. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (12 Caps)
9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps)
1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (14 Caps)
2. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (21 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (42 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (35 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (CAPT) (127 Caps)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (11 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (65 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (33 Caps)

Replacements:
16. Ken Owen (Scarlets) (66 Caps)
17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (30 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (14 Caps)
19. Adam Beard (Ospreys) (15 Caps)
20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (18 Caps)
21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (43 Caps)
22. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (72 Cap)
23. Liam Williams (Saracens) (57 Caps)