Ireland and Wales teams announced for Saturday’s Aviva clash

Ireland and Wales are set to meet once again this Saturday at the Aviva. This will be a rematch of last Saturday’s fixture which took place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Ireland walked away with a 22-17 victory last weekend and will hope to put on a similar performance in the return fixture. This weekend’s fixture will be the final World Cup warm-up game for both sides.

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We are just over two weeks away from the first World Cup pool fixture for both of these sides. Both of these sides look set to potentially achieve their best ever World Cup finish in Japan, this year. Last month, Wales became the first team in almost a decade to oust New Zealand as the world’s number one ranked team. 

 

Meanwhile, Ireland have been desperately trying to rediscover their blistering form of 2018, of late. Ireland suffered an embarrassing defeat at Twickenham recently. However, Joe Schmidt’s side came away with a victory in Wales last week, which will be a big confidence booster. It has to be stated, that confidence is a big factor in the performance of this Ireland side. Another big performance vs Wales in front of a passionate home crowd this Saturday could be the perfect way for the Irish to depart for Japan as a heavily motivated and determined group. 

 

Saturday’s clash at the Aviva looks set to be a very entertaining game of rugby. Warren Gatland’s side for Saturday’s clash was announced earlier today. Gatland has made no less than 15 changes for the return fixture. This game will be a tougher test for the Irish, as Wales have named a stronger squad than last week. 

 

The full Welsh side who will face Ireland this Saturday are: 

 

Forwards

  1. Leigh Halfpenny
  2. George North 
  3. Jonathan Davies 
  4. Hadleigh Parkes
  5. Josh Adams
  6. Rhys Patchell 
  7. Tomos Williams

 

Backs

  1. Wyn Jones
  2. Elliot Dee 
  3. Tomas Francis
  4. Jake Ball
  5. Alun Wyn Jones (Captain) 
  6. Aaron Wainwright 
  7. Justin Tipuric 
  8. Ross Moriarty

 

Rory Best will earn his 120th cap in what will be his final Aviva Stadium appearance for the Irish. Best received heavy criticism for a subpar display for Ireland in their recent loss at Twickenham. The veteran hooker celebrated his 37th birthday in August. Best is set to retire from professional rugby after the 2019 World Cup. The Irish squad and fans will undoubtedly be determined to give Best a grand send off in Dublin his Saturday.

 

The full Irish squad who will face Wales this Saturday is: 

 

Forwards 

  1. Rob Kearney
  2. Jordan Larmour
  3. Robbie Henshaw
  4. Bundee Aki
  5. Keith Earls
  6. Jonathan Sexton 
  7. Conor Murray

 

Backs 

  1. Cian Healy
  2. Rory Best (Captain)
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. James Ryan
  5. Jean Kleyn 
  6. CJ Stander
  7. Josh Van Der Flier
  8. Jack Conan