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Ross Moriarty eager to add to his rich family history

By Staff Reproter

Ross Moriarty was not born when his father and uncle helped inspire Wales' finest World Cup achievement 28 years ago.

But he is more than aware of the family's impressive World Cup pedigree, a rich history that he hopes to enhance in today's opening warm-up Test against Millennium Stadium visitors Ireland.

Gloucester flanker Moriarty is among four uncapped players on show in a Wales team captained for the first time by centre Scott Williams.

And Moriarty's appearance rekindles memories of the inaugural 1987 World Cup, when Wales finished a tournament-best third after beating Australia 22-21 in Rotorua. His father Paul played in the back row, and his uncle Richard was captain.

St Helens-born Moriarty, along with fellow Test debutants Eli Walker, Tyler Morgan and Dominic Day, has a major opportunity to impress Gatland barely three weeks before the final 31-man World Cup squad is announced.

"It is always good to have a bit of an edge," said 21-year-old Moriarty of his all-action style.

"You have to keep that under control, but I think I have got better at that with the years that have gone by.

"When you are a bit younger, you feel like you can do what you want. But as you get older, you can't do silly things. It is something I have looked to control.

"Wales gave me a good opportunity and I could never turn it down. I am happy with how it has worked out," the man who represented England U21s added.

"If it came to a choice, I would have to go with the heart and choose Wales because of the history with my family and myself growing up as a Welsh boy."

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