|Six Nations: Wales v Ireland|
|Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 16 March Kick off: 16:45 GMT|
Unbeaten Wales have named an unchanged starting XV because they seek to secure the Six Nations title and Grand Slam glory in Cardiff on Saturday.
Full back Liam Williams has recovered from the shoulder injury that forced him off against Scotland last weekend.
Ireland, who’ll retain their title if they acquire and Scotland beat England later, have made three changes.
Lock Tadhg Beirne is likely to make his Six Nations debut, whereas Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien both return.
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What’s at stake?
Wales’ Warren Gatland is aiming to become the first man in history to teach a side into three Five/Six Nations Grand Slams in what will be his 50th and final game in the tournament before leaving his post after the World Cup later this season.
Victory over Ireland will imitate his achievements in 2008 and 2012 and might also give Wales a very first championship title since 2013.
Since losing against Ireland last February, Wales have put together a nationwide record run of 13 straight victories.
The Irish, that were grand-slam winners last year, are out to spoil the party for a gift to their own departing trainer Joe Schmidt.
The world’s number two side revealed signs of a return to form following a bad start to the tournament using a dominant display last weekend against France.
It’s possible to see the game live on BBC One and abide by along around BBC Radio 5 live and also the BBC Sport site.
How the title will be obtained
- A Wales win would give them the Six Nations title and Grand Slam. An additional three points are given to Grand Slam winners, which would put Wales out of England’s hit
- A draw for Wales will be enough to get the tournament when England lose. In case either side draw, then England would win the title if they earn a plus point and then Wales don’t
- Should Wales and Ireland draw and England win, Eddie Jones’ side will be winners
- Ireland would be champions if they win and England don’t
- If Ireland secure a bonus-point win over Wales and England beat Scotland without scoring four tries, the two teams will finish level on 19 points. Points difference would then pick the tournament: England now guide the way with 83, when compared with Ireland’s 1 9
Replacements: 16- Dee, 17-Smith, 18-LeWIS, 19-Ball, 20-Wainwright, 21-A Davies, 22-Biggar, 23-Watkin.
Ireland: 15-Kearney, 14-Earls, 13-Ringrose, 12-Aki, 11-Stockdale, 10-Sexton, 9-Murray; 1-Healy, 2-Best (c), 3-Furlong, 4-Beirne, 5-Ryan, 6-O’Mahony, 7-O’Brien, 8-Stander.
Replacements: 16-Scannell, 17-Kilcoyne, 18-Porter, 19-Roux, 20-Conan, 21-Marmion, 22-Carty, 23-Larmour.
Eddie Butler: “Rugby union’s perfect storm: a Grand Slam showdown, the meltdown of talks about the near future of these Rugby areas of Wales, a global debate on the shape of international competition.
“Pick the winners and you’re going to walk off rich enough to run a Rugby club. But that is plain ridiculous. However, what strange times.
“Even to pick a winner between Wales and Ireland risks brain stress.
“However, here’s a stab at it. Wales, in deFIAnce of logic, even with a creaky line out and confronting an almost constant assault on their lineup. Why? As it’s the way that they play and it seems to do the job. But prepare space behind the sofa”
View from the camps
Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “For a number people as trainers, this can be actually our last Six Nations match, and also the simple fact that it is in Cardiff is extra special.
“there’s likely to be considered a little emotion Saturday, and that’s something to embrace”
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “It is difficult to score , specially in your home.
“Obviously last year in Dublin we managed to score five attempts but they do grow the next leg in the Principality Stadium and that is going to be a struggle for people “