Wales recall Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar for Ireland clash

Shane Horgan's all-important try in 2006

WALES (v Ireland): Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets); Liam Williams (Saracens), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Steff Evans (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets); Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys capt); Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester).

But Ireland are a better team now: tactically, they are one of the best out there; their kicking game from Sexton and Murray is incredibly accurate, and that is something that Wales are going to have to improve on because they were quite poor against England.

"I think there is a lot more to come from us", said the London Irish front-rower. If we can do that, we have got a chance.

Fly-half Biggar has not played in the opening two rounds due to a shoulder injury, while back-rower Faletau (knee) has been absent since December.

But Taulupe Faletau, who Wales declared ready to play on Monday, is not in the match-23 for the game where the Welsh will be seeking to end the hosts' flawless start. Gatland posed. "That's the beauty of having experienced players".

Picking Biggar, a British Lion with 60 Wales caps, also was in response to the mediocre effort of Rhys Patchell 10 days ago in the 12-6 loss to England at Twickenham. On top of which, he leads the defensive effort quickly and puts his body on the line.

"We expected him to come back into the team this week, so a lot of our scouting and preparation was on the basis that we knew he'd probably start".

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"We thought our kicking game against Scotland was very good but disappointing at Twickenham".

"You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland".

Gatland clearly rejects the notion that this year's championship is slowly-but-surely heading towards a St Patrick's Day Ireland-England showdown for the title and is confident that his team can cause what would be considered an upset in Dublin this weekend. "Ireland have got an excellent kicking game and their half-back combination is one of the best in world rugby".

"Last year we let our emotions get to us a little bit too much and that resulted in them beating us by a hefty amount".

"It's a nice milestone but it's just something to reflect back on", he said.

"Certainly as a full-back they're the hardest games to play in. That's more important than me reaching 100 games".



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