Without Thomas Wales shuffle

With Gareth Thomas suspended for four weeks, Wales have shuffled their team to play Ireland at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday in the opening round of the 2007 Six Nations.

Add Thomas’s absence to the injuries to Shane Williams and Mark Jones, and Welsh three-quarter resources look suspect.

Chris Czekaj and Haldane Luscombe, who was to have played centre, are the wings. Jamie Robinson comes in to centre to partner James Hook and A Brew comes onto the bench as three-quarter back-up.

Gavin Henson is “not good enough” to make the side.

Aware of Irish strength up front, Wales have chosen a bog pack. Instead of the Joneses at prop, big men Gethin Jenkins and Chris Horsman come in because it may just be at prop that Wales will have their best chance of nullifying the Irish pack.

Gareth Delve who has an ankle injury is also out.

The Welsh team: 15 Kevin Morgan, 14 Haldane Luscombe, 13 Jamie Robinson, 12 James Hook, 11 Chris Czekaj, 10 Simon Jones, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Ryan Jones, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Alix Popham, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Chris , 2 Rhys Thomas , 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Robert Sidoli, 19 Gavin Thomas, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Ceri Sweeney, 22 Aled Brew

Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Steve Walsh (New Zealand), David Changleng (Scotland)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Assessor: Steve Hilditch (Ireland)

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