Ireland Defy Wales With Roof Request Ahead Of Epic Six Nations Clash

Ireland Defy Wales With Roof Request Ahead Of Epic Six Nations Clash

Ireland Defy Wales With Roof Request Ahead Of Epic Six Nations Clash

Wales were unchanged from the side that beat Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend, while Ireland showed three switches as full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Tadhg Beirne, who made his Six Nations debut, all started. You only have to look back a year and see that England went back-to-back in the championship (in 2016 and 2017) and then ended up fifth.

We agree with this former England fly-half...

A previous Welsh Grand Slam winning scrum-half has enjoyed a nice afternoon.

Warren Gatland became the first coach to win three Six Nations Grand Slams. AFP  Paul ELLIS
Warren Gatland became the first coach to win three Six Nations Grand Slams. AFP Paul ELLIS

"We have to be more consistent, dust ourselves off and hope we finish strong in the World Cup". So they've said to the Six Nations directly, "can it be closed?"'

"Those two guys are not the reason we lost and those two guys we'll continue to invest in", Schmidt declared.

"They're a hard-working and skilful bunch who will take this on the chin".

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It was a day when they rose to the occasion majestically, inspired by a number of world-class individual displays, but none more so than Anscombe's as he came of age as a Test match performer.

The final round defeat meant there was no fairytale ending for Schmidt or team captain Rory Best, who are both set to step down after later this year.

Ireland were washed away as Wales completed a first Six Nations clean sweep for seven years - a tournament record fourth Grand Slam - and landed their first Six Nations title since 2013, while also climbing above Ireland to second in the official world rankings.

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"The one thing I would say is don't give up on this team".

As he begins preparations for his team's opening pool match against Scotland on 22 September, Schmidt still believes he can end his six-year spell in charge of Ireland on a positive note.

We arrived there and a lot was said about making it good for spectators and the sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and it was very damp.

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Asked about the roof situation, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We know, as players, that it's going to be open".

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