|Six Nations: Wales v Ireland|
|Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 16 March Kickoff: 14:45 GMT|
|Coverage: Go on BBC One and S4C, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sport Web Site and BBC Sport app, and live text Comment.|
Joe Schmidt takes control of Ireland from the Six Nations to its final time on Saturday as he attempts to gain a fourth name throughout his six years at the helm.
The New Zealander plans to resign after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Having acquired a Grand Slam at 2018 and back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, Schmidt’s side may claim another decoration if consequences fall their way around Saturday.
Ireland must-stop Wales’ Grand Slam bid in Cardiff and hope that Scotland upset England to maintain their name.
Here we take a look back at a number of Ireland’s stand-out Six Nations matches of this Schmidt era.
Ireland 26-3 Wales – Saturday, 8 February 2014
Even more so than the win against Scotland the previous week, this success over defending champions Wales confirmed that Ireland are described as a force to be reckoned with under Schmidt.
Johnny Sexton scored 14 points as Ireland’s kick-and-contest tactics began to emerge, with wings Andrew Trimble and Dave Kearney wreaking havoc under the top ball.
It was Wales’ first off defeat in the Six Nations since 2011 and the first time in five years which Ireland began the tournament together with backtoback victories.
France 20-22 Ireland – Saturday, 1-5 March 2014
Ireland gave retiring captain Brian O’Driscoll the ideal sendoff using a thrilling success in Paris to clinch their first title in five years now at Schmidt’s first season in charge.
Sexton and Trimble both crossed for attempts as Ireland edged out England on points difference on top of the dining table.
At a gripping tussle at the Stade de France, the home side missed a late penalty and watched a last-gasp try eliminated as Ireland clung on, and O’Driscoll was able to add one final honour to his mythical Test livelihood.
Scotland 10-40 Ireland – Saturday, 2-1 March 2015
Ireland won back-to-back six-nations titles to the very first time after a dominant display in Edinburgh, accompanied closely by a nail-biting wait to determine whether England could overtake them at a thrilling climax to the 2015 championship.
Wales had put the points target earlier from the afternoon in front of a rampant Ireland torn through Scotland with two attempts for Sean O’Brien, in addition to scores by Paul O’Connell and Jared Payne. However, Jamie Heaslip’s try-saving undertake on Stuart Hogg proved crucial as England won against France but dropped just short of Ireland’s overall points tally.
Sometime following the apocalyptic war, the Irish team came back to the pitch at Murrayfield to lift the trophy into their suits because Schmidt’s air of invincibility continued to grow.
Ireland 13-9 England – Saturday, 18 March 2017
In the event the opening round triumph in Paris had given Ireland the impression that they could clinch their third Grand Slam title, this success at Twickenham demonstrated that they have been worthy winners.
The operation, especially in the first 40 minutes, remains held up to be among the very best at Schmidt’s Ireland as attempts from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale delivered the traveling supporters in to Nirvana on St Patrick’s Day.
A primary series triumph over Australia in nearly 40 years and a primary success against New Zealand on home land would follow as Ireland climbed to second place in the world ranks.