London - Wales will field an unchanged starting lineup for the Six Nations showdown with Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday.
Warren Gatland was pleased with his side's 20-13 win over France in
Paris which kept alive their hopes of winning the tournament and had no
problem giving the same 15 men a vote of confidence.
Warburton, who went off after taking a blow to his knee during the
French clash, has regained his fitness and will be able to break Ryan
Jones' record when he captains Wales for the 34th time at the Millennium
The only two changes to the Paris lineup are due to injuries and come on the bench.
Scarlets prop Rob Evans replaces Bath loosehead Paul James, who
suffered a fractured thumb during the France game, while lock Jake Ball
takes over from Bradley Davies.
A win for Wales would see them
stay in the Six Nations title shake-up, while Ireland are chasing a a
record 11th successive Test win against all opponents, and they have
only lost twice in Cardiff since 1983.
Gatland has seen his side
rebound strongly from an opening day loss to England in Cardiff with
wins away to both Scotland and France, and he is confident of more
success in the remaining games against the Irish and away to Italy.
return to the Millennium Stadium after two tough away trips with two
victories, and we will be looking to build on that," he said.
saw an improvement against Scotland, and then saw another step up
against France, and we know we will need to do the same against Ireland
"Ireland are the form team in Europe, and we know it
is going to be a huge battle. The changes on the bench mean Rob Evans
gets an opportunity.
"We have been impressed with him for his
region and at training, and our strength in depth in the second-row is
highlighted again as Jake (Ball) comes back into the squad."
Gatland also paid tribute to his skipper Warburton ahead of his record-breaking appearance on Saturday.
"Saturday is a fantastic achievement and honour for Sam," he said.
has developed into the role fantastically and is a modern-day
professional. He is a role model who will continue to get better."
Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Gethin Jenkins
Substitutes: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Scott Williams