Rob Howley Explains His Team Selection For The Ireland Game

Rob Howley has named an unchanged squad for Friday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Principality.

Following the defeat to Scotland, Howley was expected to make a number of changes in some key positions, but has surprised everyone by sticking to his guns despite the defeat.

Toby Faletau will remain on the bench, as will Sam Davies, with Justin Tipuric retaining his seven jersey to earn his 50th cap. Howley felt he needed to retain the same squad as his side deserve another opportunity to prove themselves.

“We felt it was important the same group of players had the opportunity to go out and perform on Friday so we have named an unchanged match-day squad.” Howley said
“Friday night is an opportunity for us. There is a lot of experience in our group and you don’t become a bad team overnight. We want to show what we can do and that experience will be very important this week.
“We know we need to be more clinical and we need to execute better under pressure and we have been working hard on that during the last few weeks.
“Ireland are one of the in-form sides in world rugby and are coached very well and packed with experience and there are a number of interesting match-up across both teams.
“We always say we are fortunate to have the best supporters in the world and we are eager to put in a performance for them under the lights at Principality Stadium on Friday.”

What do you think? Has Howley made the right decision?

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