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Biggar selected in Wales 23 for final Rugby World Cup warm-up

Northampton Saints fly-half Dan Biggar has been named on the bench for Wales’ final preparation Test ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Warren Gatland’s side take on Ireland in Dublin (kick-off 2pm), looking to avenge a defeat on home soil last weekend.

On return from Dublin, Wales will depart for Japan on Wednesday September 11.

“This is our final preparation match so it is important we get enough rugby into us, get rugby ready ahead of our Rugby World Cup opener against Georgia which is just over two weeks away,” said head coach Gatland.

“It is important we hit the ground running in Japan and we give the players enough time on the field. 

“Saturday is the first time these players would have taken to the field as members of the Rugby World Cup squad, it has been a big week and it is a big opportunity for players to put their hand up and secure spots for the starting XV in Japan.”

Wales team to face Ireland

15. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets)
14. George North (Ospreys)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues)
10. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets)
9. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues)

1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets)
2. Elliot Dee (Dragons)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys)
8. Ross Moriarty (Dragons)

16. Ken Owen (Scarlets)
17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues)
19. Adam Beard (Ospreys)
20. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues)
21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
22. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)
23. Liam Williams (Saracens)

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