Ireland have only one more hurdle to navigate to ensure a Championship showdown | Forum

Topic location: Forum home » General » General Palooza Topics

Ireland have only one more hurdle to navigate to ensure a Championship showdown with Wales vs Ireland Live  on the final weekend of the Six Nations, but it is quite a daunting prospect: Wales, in Cardiff.

Since the Five Nations expanded to include Italy, Ireland have played Wales eight times in Cardiff, and have won five times: a 36-6 victory in 2001; a narrow, one-point win two years later; a 19-9 victory on the opening day of the 2007 championship, after which Ryle Nugent memorably pronounced that Ireland maintained their unbeaten record; THAT Grand Slam-sealing game in 2009; and 2013's 30-22 victory, Wales vs Ireland Live Stream   beguiled by Simon Zebo's outrageous flick. This game, however, will have the added novelty of bonus points added to the mix.Last year, the two nations played out an exciting 16-16 draw - just the seventh draw between the two in 124 rugby test matches.

The first time they played each other was back in 1882, Wales have won 67 times whilst Ireland have tasted victory on 50 occasions.

Ireland will be playing their first Friday night game in the Six Nations, while their opponents have already played six times on a Friday

Wales head coach Rob Howley is Ireland vs Wales Live Stream facing pressure from fans to start Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies after he starred in his side's Pro12 win against Edinburgh.

He may also choose to start 22-year-old winger Steff Evans.

Joe Schmidt could be worried that Rob Kearney may not be fit enough to face Wales, in which case he would field Jared Payne.

However he could completely shuffle around his side, choosing to drop Garry Ringrose with Simon Zebo moving to 15, with either Craig Gilroy or Andrew Timble taking up Zebo's position on the wing.The Red Dragons have succumbed to back-to-back losses against  Ireland vs Wales Live  to leave them fourth in the table.