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Warburton is back to bolster Wales

Updated: Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 11:26 | Comments

Sam Warburton comes in at openside flanker
Sam Warburton comes in at openside flanker



Captain Sam Warburton will return to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

Warburton, who began his comeback from a shoulder injury off the bench when Wales beat Italy three days ago, replaces openside flanker Justin Tipuric.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two other changes from the side that accounted for Italy 23-15, recalling 101 times-capped prop Gethin Jenkins in place of Paul James while Andrew Coombs takes over from lock Luke Charteris, who has a hamstring injury.

Wales coach Warren Gatland commented: "It's great to bring Sam and Gethin back into the side and it's a good opportunity for Andrew Coombs to start as wel.

"Last weekend was a good hit out for a lot of reasons, but we still have things to work on and we know how important this game is.

"We haven't lost an away match in the Six Nations since 2011 and we have to have the belief and confidence that we can do it again this weekend.

"It's going to be tough, both sides won their opening game, we will have to be physical and take it to them.

"We feel in most tournaments we get stronger as it goes on and that will need to be the case this weekend.”

Wales team to play Ireland: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, S Williams, J Roberts, G North; R Priestland, M Phillips; G Jenkins, R Hibbard, A Jones, A Coombs, A-W Jones, D Lydiate, S Warburton (capt), T Faletau.

Replacements: K Owens, P James, R Jones, J Ball, J Tipuric, R Webb, J Hook, L Williams.

Live television coverage of Ireland v Wales and Scotland v England from 14:00 on Saturday 8 February, and France v Italy from 14:00 on Sunday 9 February on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage on Saturday Sport (14:00) and Sunday Sport (14:00) on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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