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Wales beaten by Ireland

Despite a remarkable resurgence in the second half, Wales lost 30-22 to Ireland in their first game of their Six Nations campaign.

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Pressure on captain Warburton's place

Wales skipper Sam Warburton is tackled by Rory Best, in a Six Nations opener won by Ireland in Cardiff. Credit: PA.

Wales Assistant Coach Shaun Edwards says nobody in the squad will take selection for granted, as competition for places hots up ahead of their second Six Nations game, against France.

Former captain Ryan Jones has recovered from a thumb injury and could add some experience, Aaron Shingler is also available after getting a rib injury against Ireland, and Justin Tipuric impressed off the bench on Saturday - meaning competition in the back row is particularly fierce.

There has been plenty of claims made in recent months about in-form Ospreys man Tipuric deserving a starting berth on the openside, in place of captain Sam Warburton, as Wales have struggled to eight defeats in a row since last year's Grand Slam.

"Everyone will be nervous, and that is the way it should be in international rugby," Edwards said. "Even the experienced players should know they are two bad games away from being in jeopardy."

Interim coach Rob Howley is due to name his team on Thursday, to face France in Paris on Saturday.

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