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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell made his Dublin farewell from Test rugby as Wales provided final warm-up opposition before coach Joe Schmidt names his 31-man World Cup squad next week.

O'Connell, who will quit international rugby after the World Cup, led a strong Irish team containing the likes of Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and Jamie Heaslip as Ireland looked to make it a hat-trick of pre-tournament victories following wins earlier this month against Wales and Scotland.

Wales boss Warren Gatland, meanwhile, handed a Test debut to York-born Exeter prop Tomas Francis, with wing George North returning after a five-month absence following three concussion injuries last season. North won his 50th cap, making him the youngest player at 23 years, 138 days in rugby union history to reach that landmark.


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