Wales name strong team for final pre-World Cup clash

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a strong team to take out to Dublin for the final pre-World Cup test against Ireland this weekend.

Last week saw an experimental side take the field at the Principality Stadium, with fringe players getting a chance to stake their claim for a spot in the 31-man squad to travel to Japan before it was named on Sunday.

With nine players now cut from the training squad that have been together since June, Gatland has returned to some recognisable faces for a last chance to get game time under their belts before flying out to the Far East.

It is a full 15 changes to the starting team which ran out last weekend, as likely first choice options Tomas Francis, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty, Hadleigh Parkes, Jon Davies, Josh Adams and George North all return to their natural positions.

There are some players with an opportunity to start for the first time, as Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell get the nod, while Jake Ball and Leigh Halfpenny also get further chances.

On the bench, Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar and Liam Williams are set to make an impact later in the game, while Dillon Lewis and Adam Beard have a further window to impress.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Rhys Patchell, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty

Replacements: Ken Owens, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams

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