WALES started their Six Nations title defended with a rough ride to Ireland.
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However, if they want to retain the crown this year, they will have to do it without captain Alun Wyn Jones.
The lock will undergo a second shoulder operation after injuring it in Autumn international loss to New Zealand.
To make matters worse for Wayne Pivac’s side, Alun Wyn Jones is just one name on an extensive injury list.
The list also includes Dan Lydiate (ACL), Ken Owens (back), George North (knee), Leigh Halfpenny (knee), Justin Tipuric (shoulder), Taulupe Faletau (calf), Josh Navidi (shoulder), Elliot Dee (neck), Josh Macleod (as achilles) and Johnny Williams (as).
But head coach Pivac has urged Wales fans not to trust the bookies as they look for a first win at Aviva since 2015.
He said: “The boys have been training well for about last week – as well as we can expect really.
“So we’re in a pretty good position going into Saturday’s game.
“A lot of the teams that won that competition wouldn’t be in Dublin. But the people who will be there, we believe will represent us really well.
“Where we are with the bookies, we are probably in the same position as last year. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
“It’s the attitude, going out and expressing yourself. Everyone wants to win the Six Nations, and we are no less.
“We want to go out there, and each individual wants to put his or her best foot forward. They know there’s a lot of risk as defending champions.
“We worked hard to get that title last year and we want to be in the position to try to do it again.
“It means that the first week, we have to work very hard to get the results, and then come back in the second week.”
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What time does Ireland vs Wales start?
- Ireland vs Wales is the first match of the Six Nations 2022.
- Taking place on Saturday, February 5.
- The match kicks off at Aviva Stadium at 2:15pm UK time.
- During last year’s Six Nations, Wales won 21-16 against 14 men of Ireland at Cardiff.
What TV channel is Ireland vs Wales on and can I stream it live?
- Ireland vs Wales is live on ITV.
- Coverage starts at 1:30 pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
- To live stream the match, visit ITV Center.
- Those who want to watch in Welsh can tune in to S4C
- Viewers in the Republic of Ireland can watch all the action on RTE 2.
Can I watch Ireland vs Wales for free?
- It’s correct. ITV is free to all UK viewers with a TV license.
- Get yours TV license here.
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- Tadgh Beirne
- James Ryan
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- Josh Van der Flier
- Jack Conan
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- Johnny Sexton
- Mick Hansen
- Bundee Aki
- Gary Ringrose
- Andrew Conway
- Hugo Keenan
- Dan Sheehan
- Cian Healy
- Finlay Bealham
- Ryan Baird
- Peter O’Mahony
- Conor Murray
- Joey Carbery
- James Hume
Wales national team
- Wyn Jones
- Ryan Elias
- Tomas Francis
- Will Rowlands
- Adam Beard
- Ellis Jenkins
- Taine Basham
- Aaron Wainwright
- Tomos Williams
- Dan Biggar (C)
- Louis Rees-Zammit
- Nick Tompkins
- Josh Adams
- Johnny McNicholl
- Liam Williams
16. Lake Dewi
17. Gareth Thomas
18. Dillon Lewis
19. Seb Davies
20. Ross Moriarty
21. Gareth Davies
22. Callum Sheedy
23. Owen Watkin
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