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Six Nations: Welsh players given chance to atone for Murrayfield woe

By Staff Reporter

Wales boss Rob Howley has offered his players a chance for redemption after naming an unchanged team to face RBS Six Nations opponents Ireland tomorrow.

Despite Wales suffering a first defeat at Scotland's hands for 10 years last time out at Murrayfield, Howley will send the same starting XV and replacements into battle in Cardiff.

It is a selection that might surprise many, but interim head coach Howley said: "As coaches, we discussed giving the opportunity to the side to redeem themselves for the second-half performance against Scotland.

"There were too many unforced errors. Obviously, I know things have been said about some players' performance. But as a coaching team, we have talked about the opportunity just to go out again.

"There is an opportunity to go out at home and deliver a performance which the players are proud of and for the supporters. It will be a huge game."

Bath forwards Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris, who had been tipped in some quarters to start, again feature among the replacements. And openside flanker Justin Tipuric will win his 50th cap, packing down alongside back-row colleagues Sam Warburton and Ross Moriarty.

Howley, meanwhile, said that Charteris suffered concussion while in club action last Saturday.

"He has gone through the HIA process and wasn't able to train over the weekend," Howley added.

"Because of that lack of preparation we have decided, with a six-day turnaround, it's common sense for him to be on the bench."

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