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Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales Munster's Tadhg Beirne makes his Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales on Saturday
Sidney Guerrero | 16 March, 2019, 09:24

"I see a team that's looking exhausted, I see an Ireland team that's peaking, but they're a good team Wales", said Jones.

Player unrest was evident after a 44-8 drubbing by England at Twickenham and France were flattered hugely by last week's 26-14 loss away to Ireland.

Gatland's claim in 2015 that Ireland did not "play a lot of rugby" rankled Schmidt along with other assertions they "kicked the leather out of the ball".

If Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and Co can bring back their A game they have a great chance of doing just that. But they look like they've got their mojo back. James Ryan was the star and everyone targeted him - he's finding his feet again.

Saturday's final round of the Six Nations sees Wales looking to complete their third Grand Slam of the Gatland era with victory over Ireland in Cardiff in what will be the New Zealander's final Championship match in charge before he stands down following this year's World Cup in Japan.

They may both be New Zealanders, who played alongside one another on one occasion, but while Gatland socialises with another coach also known for his witticisms, Eddie Jones, he and Schmidt are more likely to trade barbs than anecdotes.

"If it was me, I would be concentrating on playing Scotland". They're in a good spot.

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"If you look at the stats, England have made a hell of a lot more tackles than us (Wales) in this tournament". "My advice to Eddie is to concentrate on the Scotland match", said Gatland.

The Six Nations builds up to its crescendo this weekend and all the indications are that it will be an intriguing one.

"It's tough. You can see, they (Wales) are getting exhausted".

"I am not sure why he (Gatland) would get more credence than (the Argentina coach at the time) Daniel Hourcade who was really impressed or by (the then South Africa coach) Allister Coetzee who was really impressed".

"It's about building belief and confidence in the players". "We've got an opportunity to show that we're the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world and we're not going to miss that opportunity".

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

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