The reigning Six Nations champions have named their side to take on Ireland away in the opening round of the 2022 championship. Five Ospreys are included in the squad, with both Tomas Francis and Adam Beard lining up in the starting XV. A notable inclusion is that of young, uncapped hooker Dewi Lake on the bench alongside loosehead prop Gareth Thomas and centre Owen Watkin.
5⃣ Ospreys named in @WelshRugbyUnion squad to face Ireland this weekend, including a potential first cap for hooker @Dewi_Lake 💪— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 3, 2022
Llongyfarchiadau i bawb sydd am gynrychioli Cymru penwythnos yma. 🏴 pic.twitter.com/3JpqaspvZJ
Josh Adams gets his first international start at centre, partnering Nick Tompkins in the Wales midfield. Captain Dan Biggar is at outside half with Tomos Williams at scrum half.
In the second row, Will Rowlands returns to the starting line up alongside vice-captain Adam Beard who started all four of Wales’ Autumn Nations Series matches. Ryan Elias also starts his fifth consecutive match for Wales at hooker and lines up alongside Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis in the front row.
Taine Basham makes his Six Nations debut, joining Ellis Jenkins and Aaron Wainwright in the back row. The back three comprises Louis Rees-Zammit, Johnny McNicholl and Liam Williams.
Dewi Lake is in line to win his first cap as a replacement while Ross Moriarty would receive his 50th cap for Wales upon taking the field in Dublin.