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North returns for Wales ahead of Ireland clash

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George North has been named among the 23-man squad for Wales as they prepare to take on Ireland in this weekend's NatWest Six Nations clash.

Heading to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, North is set to make his 71st appearance in the red jersey from the bench, with soon-to-be-Saint Dan Biggar returning to the starting line up. 

"It is great to be able to bring so much experience back into the backline," said head coach Warren Gatland

"We have been pleased with the depth we have developed in the back-three and pleased with how those players have gone but having the experience of Dan, Liam and Leigh coming back in is hugely important."

Wales' clash with Ireland (kick-off 2.15pm) is being shown live on ITV from 1.30pm on Saturday. 

WALES TEAM TO FACE IRELAND
NatWest Six Nations
Saturday 24 February 2018
Kick-off 2.15pm
Aviva Stadium

15 Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (75 Caps)
14 Liam Williams (Saracens) (45 Caps)
13 Scott Williams (Scarlets) (53 Caps)
12 Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (3 Caps)
11 Steff Evans (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (60 Caps)
9 Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (29 Caps)
1 Rob Evans (Scarlets) (22 Caps)
2 Ken Owens (Scarlets) (54 Caps)
3 Samson Lee (Scarlets) (35 Caps)
4 Cory Hill (Dragons) (12 Caps)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (115 Caps) CAPT
6 Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (15 Caps)
7 Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (9 Caps)
8 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester) (19 Caps)

Replacements:
16 Elliot Dee (Dragons) (4 Caps)
17 Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
18 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (28 Caps)
19 Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (59 Caps)
20 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (54 Caps)
21 Aled Davies (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
22 Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
23 George North (Northampton Saints) (70 Caps)