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Jones again for six nations opener

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Alun Wyn Jones made his Wales debut on tour in opposition to Argentina in 2006
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Sunday, 7 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has been handed match to steer his side into the Six Nations opener in opposition to Ireland.

Flanker Dan Lydiate performs his first worldwide for larger than two years and second-row Adam Beard moreover returns.

Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit will make his occasion debut with Hallam Amos moreover recalled.

George North will proceed inside the coronary heart and win his 99th Wales cap with fellow British and Irish Lion Jonathan Davies missing.

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams begins ahead of Gareth Davies after missing the autumn advertising marketing campaign by the use of hurt and companions Dan Biggar. Josh Navidi is on the bench after recovering from concussion.

World doc cap holder Jones damaged his knee in opposition to Italy on 5 December inside the Autumn Nations Cup and was initially anticipated to miss the start of the Six Nations.

The 35-year-old has recovered and might pack down alongside fellow Ospreys lock Beard, who was unnoticed of the autumn squad.

Scarlets captain Ken Owens moreover returns at hooker after missing the autumn advertising marketing campaign resulting from a shoulder hurt.

Lydiate, 33, will play his sixty fifth Wales examine and make his first worldwide look since November 2018 by linking up with Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau inside the back-row.

Pivac was compelled proper right into a backline selection change after wing Josh Adams was suspended for the first two matches resulting from a Covid-19 breach.

North started at 13 inside the Autumn Nations Cup win in opposition to Italy the place he carried out alongside Jonathan Davies, who was a late starting substitute for calf hurt sufferer Johnny Williams.

Davies is himself injured now with an ankle draw back so North and Williams kind the partnership.

With Liam Williams moreover banned, 20-year-old Rees-Zammit will make his Six Nations debut after profitable his first cap in opposition to France in a pleasing in October 2022 and starting in opposition to England, Georgia and Italy inside the Autumn Nations Cup.

Amos, 26, closing carried out for Wales inside the World Cup bronze medal match defeat by New Zealand in November 2019.

“We’re wanting forward to kicking off our advertising marketing campaign this weekend and putting into movement two really good teaching weeks,” acknowledged Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“We made strides forward by the use of the autumn and we have to take that into Sunday and into this occasion.

“The Six Nations is a unbelievable occasion and is crucial for us rugby wise, nonetheless it’s mandatory for so much further this yr.

“It’s essential for communities all through the nation and we want to play our half and supplies everyone one factor to sit down up for and to get obsessed with on the weekend.”

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Johnny Williams, Hallam Amos; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins.