Tompkins promoted to starting spot as Wales name team for Ireland clash.

Nick Tompkins as been named in the Wales starting line up in the only change to the side that saw off Italy last weekend as Head coach Wayne Pivoc named his team to take on Ireland in Dublin this week.

Tompkins came off the bench to make his debut in the 42-0 win over Italy in Cardiff and did enough to convince Pivoc to hand him the starting spot. His inclusion in the centre now means George North can move back to his more familiar position on the wing while Jonny McNicoll takes the spot left by Tompkins on the replacement bench.

Speaking about his selection Pivac said;

“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.
“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.”

Although there is just the single change in the starting fifteen, the Welsh have swapped things around on the bench with Prop forward Rhys Carre recalled after ending his suspension for a red card during Saracens win over Osprey’s last month.

Scrum Half Gareth Davies and three quarter Owen Williams are favoured over Rhys Webb and Jarrod Evans, while Ospreys lock Adam Beard comes into the 23 man squad for the injured Corey Hill.

Wales team to face Ireland: 15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. George North, 13. Nick Tompkins, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Tomos Williams, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Dillon Lewis, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16. Ryan Elias, 17. Rhys Carre, 18. Leon Brown, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Johnny McNicholl.

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