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Owen Williams named in Wales matchday squad to face Ireland

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6 February 2020

Duncan Wood

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Owen Williams (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

Wales have made one change to their starting XV to face Ireland this weekend with Nick Tompkins, who made a try-scoring debut in round one, coming into the side. Gloucester Rugby’s Owen Williams is named amongst the replacements.

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Tompkins will line-up at outside centre with George North moving to the wing for the clash in Dublin. Williams could feature for his country for the first time since the Autumn internationals in 2017.

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Owen Williams (c) Getty Images)

“We’ve made just one change after a winning start last weekend,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“Nick comes into the side, I thought he played exceptionally well when he came on last week so he deserves the start. George, who played really well last weekend at centre, moves back out to the wing.

“On the bench we have a few players back available. Rhys Carre impressed at the RWC and he comes back in. Adam Beard comes in for Cory Hill who picked up a leg injury earlier this week, Gareth (Davies) is fully fit and Owen Williams comes onto the bench and gives us a bit more cover.

“Momentum is important in the Championship. It was nice to get a good winning start under our belts and hopefully we can build on that through the tournament.”

Wales:

  1. Leigh Halfpenny (86 Caps); 14. George North (92 Caps), 13. Nick Tompkins (1 Cap), 12. Hadleigh Parkes (26 Caps), 11. Josh Adams (22 Caps); 10. Dan Biggar (80 Caps), 9. Tomos Williams (17 Caps); 1. Wyn Jones (23 Caps), 2. Ken Owens (74 Caps), 3. Dillon Lewis (23 Caps); 4. Jake Ball (43 Caps), 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt) (135 Caps); 6. Aaron Wainwright (19 Caps), 7. Justin Tipuric (73 Caps), 8. Taulupe Faletau (73 Caps)

Replacements:

  1. Ryan Elias (10 Caps), 17. Rhys Carre (6 Caps), 18. Leon Brown (7 Caps), 19. Adam Beard (20 Caps), 20. Ross Moriarty (42 Caps), 21. Gareth Davies (51 Caps), 22. Owen Williams (3 Caps), 23. Johnny McNicholl (1 Cap)​

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