|Six Nations 2019: Wales v Ireland|
|Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 16 March Kickoff: 14:45 GMT|
|Coverage: Live BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Ulster, and live text commentary on BBC Sport Web Site and BBC Sport Program.|
Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne can create his Six Nations debut against Wales in Saturday’s potential title decider.
With Iain Henderson mastered from the trip to Cardiff through trauma, Beirne spouses James Ryan in Ireland’s fifth different starting second row combination of the championship.
Sean O’Brien is recalled while Rob Kearney yields at full-back.
To maintain their name, Ireland must-stop Wales’ Grand Slam bidding and also hope that Scotland angry England.
Wales lead the championship by a spot from England moving in to the last weekend of the 2019 six-nations using Ireland yet still another point adrift in third, but three sides have a chance to be crowned champions on Saturday.
Wales will clinch the title if they win on Saturday but England has to count on Ireland stopping the leaders in the penultimate game and would then have the ability to claim their third title in four seasons with a victory against Scotland.
Beirne yields to familiar territory
Munster’s Beirne enjoyed two successful seasons with Scarlets before returning to Ireland for the start of the current campaign to be able to pursue an global career.
The lock was hunted Pro14 players’ player of the 2017/18 season as he helped the Welsh side into the Pro14 final and the previous four of the European Champions Cup.
Like Beirne, Henderson overlooked the opening rounds of the championship by trauma but impressed on his return to action against France a week.
Even the Ulster player, that won’t go back to fitness for at least two weeks due to a knee sprain, now faces a race to be fit because of his province’s European quarter final against Leinster later this season.
Flanker O’Brien was dropped for last week’s triumph over Wales while Kearney had been a late withdrawal with a calf strain however, the set have been restored into the team.
O’Brien replaces the injured Josh van der Flier and Kearney’s yield at fullback comes at Jordan Larmour’s cost effective.
Even the in form Jack Conan retains his place among the replacements while there isn’t any place in the 23 to get Dan Leavy despite his return .
Kieran Marmion could also create his first appearance of the championship from the seat with John Cooney falling out of the group.
Gatland v Schmidt: A final Six Nations showdown
Saturday’s match is going to be the last Six Nations encounter between Schmidt and his Welsh counterpart Warren Gatland as men aim to step down at the close of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.
The two sides will meet in a warm up match until the championship in August but this week’s match represents a last chance for Schmidt to claim a Six Nations success at the Principality Stadium.
Even the New Zealander famously won the European Cup at the home of Welsh Rugby in 2011 if Leinster beat Northampton Saints in the final but Ireland have lost their two previous six-nations visits to Cardiff in the Schmidt age – a 23-16 loss in 2015 and much 22-9 conquer in 20 17 when Rob Howley had been the interim Wales head trainer.
Gatland, that would become the first head coach to win three Grand Slam titles, would dearly love to register his six-nations career by winning against the team he coached between 1998 and 2001.