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Costelow replaces Lloyd as Wales make one change for Ireland clash

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made one change to his starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations game against Ireland as Sam Costelow returns at fly-half.

Ioan Lloyd drops out of the starting XV that played England at Twickenham for the trip to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Among the replacements, back-row Mackenzie Martin is in line to win his first senior cap in place of Taine Basham, while tight-head prop Dillon Lewis will make his first appearance of this Championship if called on from the bench.

Gatland said: “We are excited to go out to Dublin and test ourselves against one of the leading sides in world rugby. It’s a challenge we are relishing.

“We’ve made steps in the last couple of games and now it’s about building on that, learning from those experiences and taking that into this weekend.

“It’s about continuing to work hard, looking for accuracy in our performance across 80 minutes and also keeping our discipline.”

Wales starting XV: Cameron Winnett, Rio Dyer, George North, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams, Sam Costelow, Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Keiron Assiratti, Dafydd Jenkins (c), Adam Beard, Alex Mann, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Corey Domachowski, Dillon Lewis, Will Rowlands, Mackenzie Martin, Kieran Hardy, Ioan Lloyd, Mason Grady.

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