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Robbie Henshaw Starts For Ireland Against Wales

Andy Farrell has made some big calls this morning.

Athlone's Robbie Henshaw will win his 44th Ireland cap this Sunday. 

He's been named at inside centre in Andy Farrell's side to play Wales in Cardiff. 

The Leinster centre renews his partnership with Gary Ringrose, who returns from injury. 

Josh Van Der Flier has got the nod to start at openside, with Peter O'Mahony reverting to the blindside. 

Johnny Sexton captains the side while James Lowe and Keith earls taken the spots on the wing. 

Hugo Keenan slotting in at full back means Jordan Larmour has to make do with a spot on the bench. 

The other big call made by Farrell sees Billy Burns defeat Ross Byrne to back up Sexton at out-half. 

Dave Kilcoyne, Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson make for a strong looking set of Irish replacements. 

Ireland and Wales will show their hands today, ahead of the Six Nations opener in Cardiff this Sunday.

 

Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate will start for Wales for the first time since 2018 when they face Ireland in their opening game in rugby union's Six Nations on Sunday.

Adam Beard returns to the team to partner captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.

Ken Owens and Tomos Williams are also back in the starting 15 after injury. 

Wales XV in Full:

1. Wyn Jones 2. Ken Owens 3. Tomas Francis 4. Adam Beard 5. Alun Wyn Jones (CAPT)  6. Dan Lydiate 7. Justin Tipuric 8. Taulupe Faletau 9. Tomos Williams 10. Dan Biggar 11. Hallam Amos 12. Johnny Williams 13. George North 14. Louis Rees-Zammit 15. Leigh Halfpenny 

Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee  17. Rhodri Jones 18. Leon Brown 19. Will Rowlands  20. Josh Navidi  21. Gareth Davies  22. Callum Sheedy 23. Nick Tompkins.

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