Alun Wyn Jones to make 150th Test appearance against Ireland

Alun Wyn Jones extends his World record for most Test appearance
Alun Wyn Jones extends his World record for most Test appearance
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Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones will reach another milestone on Friday during the Autumn Nations opener against Ireland as he will become the first player to make 150th Test appearance.

The only change in the starting line up from the final round of the Six Nations game against Scotland with Justin Tipuric returns to the starting line-up in the place of James Davies. Prop Tomas Francis will win his 50th Test cap.

Elliot Dee has been recalled on the bench that also sees the return of Callum Sheedy, George North and Jake Ball.

"Friday night is the start of a new international season and a new campaign and we are looking forward to getting out there and showing what we can do," said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

"We have got four matches in the Autumn Nations Cup to perform and we are excited to be kicking the tournament off."

Wales starting XV: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Rhys Carre, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Will Rowlands, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Reserves: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 George North.

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