Wales coach Howley welcomes back key Ospreys pair
WALES interim coach Rob Howley has hailed the return of Ospreys duo Adam Jones and Ian Evans.
The forwards, integral members of last season's Grand Slam campaign, have been named in Wales's starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations opener against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.
Jones missed the entire autumn series because of a knee injury, while Evans was absent for the final two matches against New Zealand and Australia after damaging his knee against Samoa.
The big surprise in Howley's side is the inclusion of uncapped Dragons lock Andrew Coombs.
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"As a squad we have worked hard over the past two weeks and go into Saturday excited and confident at defending our title," said Howley.
"It's a boost to have Adam and Ian return from injury and it's a great opportunity for Andrew (Coombs) who has been performing well at regional level to show what he can do on this stage.
"The Six Nations is all about momentum and we know we have to hit the ground running against Ireland."