Ireland name Rob Kearney and Sean OBrien for clash against Wales

Silvia Morton
March 16, 2019

Ireland are still within a chance of retaining their Six Nations crown but they will need to overcome a motivated Wales side who will be aiming for a first Grand Slam since 2012 and a first championship title since 2013. "I see a team that's looking exhausted and I see an Ireland team that's peaking", said Jones.

This will also be the final Six Nations appearance for Rory Best and Ireland will be hoping to give him a flawless send-off.

"We've got to put him under pressure, but in saying that Ireland have world-class players all over the place and they can keep the ball for long phases". "And they've got a lot to prove haven't they in the last game?"

They are joined by centre Garry Ringrose, fly-half Johnny Sexton, props Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy, and lock James Ryan.

"What the hell is Eddie Jones doing talking about our game?", Gatland asked.

Munster second row Tadhg Beirne will make his first start in the Six Nations having missed the first two rounds with a knee injury.

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"If it was me, I would be concentrating on playing Scotland. My advice to Eddie is to concentrate on the Scotland match", said Gatland.

Joe Schmidt has unveiled his Irish team to face Wales in their final RBS Six Nations game of the season in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

It will also be Gatland's last Six Nations game as Wales head coach with fellow New Zealander Wayne Pivac set to take over following this year's World Cup.

"I even get more of a buzz when people write us off, which has happened on a number of occasions before".

"If you want something bad enough and you really believe it can happen, then it often does".

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