Wales and Ospreys flanker Jonathan Thomas has come through fitness tests to be confirmed as a replacement for the RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Ireland at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow (5.00pm)
Thomas, who was suffering with a dead leg, joins Rob McCusker (Scarlets) on the bench, with both players able to cover back and second row positions.
London Wasps back row forward Andy Powell is the player from the three named to fill two replacement positions last Tuesday who misses out on this occasion.
WALES: Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Shane Williams; James Hook, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Matthew Rees (captain), Craig Mitchell, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones
REPLACEMENTS: Richard Hibbard, John Yapp, Jonathan Thomas, Rob McCusker, Dwayne Peel, Stephen Jones, Morgan Stoddart
18 Jonathan THOMAS (OSPREYS – Cap No 1,013)
DoB: 27.12.82. 6’5” / 1.96m. 17st 7lbs / 111kgs
International record: 64 caps (W 28, L 33, D 3; 35 pts – 7T)
19 Rob McCUSKER (SCARLETS – Cap No 1,075)
DoB: 10.12.85. 1.95m / 6’4”. 15st 11lbs / 100kgs
International record: 3 caps (L 3)