Wayne Pivac’s men got off to a flying start in this years Six Nations campaign as his side convincingly beat their Italian counterparts 42-0 in Cardiff last Saturday.
The victory means that Wales sit top of the leader board with one game played as they travel to the Aviva Stadium to face championship rivals Ireland .
Andy Farrell also got off to a winning start in his career as his Irish team beat visitors Scotland last weekend in a close but thrilling opener for the home fans.
The final score was 19-12 but was a game that could’ve gone either way after a couple of howling mistakes from the scottish attack.
Stuart Hogg dropped the ball over the line in what would’ve been a certain try but in a positive light, exploited the weaknesses in the Irish defence.
Something that Pivac and his men hope to do this
Last weekend’s star debutant, Nick Tompkins has been given a starting position for the crucial Ireland fixture as he will be alongside Hadleigh Parks in the center of the field.
George North has been moved to the wing after scoring against Italy in a hope that he will use his burners to get past his opposite number but also to keep the likes of Stockdale and Conway from going down the wide channel.
As stated, Andrew Conway will start on the wing against North but will be met with the big Welshmans power and size and will be in for a difficult afternoon.
Jonny Sexton also starts and captains the side after being the pinnacle figure in last weekends victory as his try deemd to be the match winner.
It will be a game of kicking as is usually expected in this fixture, Sexton and Biggar will be in for a busy game as the kicks they make will make the difference.
ALUN WYN JONES QUOTES (FROM WEBSITE)
“There is no truer test than coming here,” “Hopefully we are not talking too much about the weather or dwelling on it after the game.
“It could be glorious sunshine – we will wait and see. It is very easy to say we are going to do this or that without playing the environment. That’s not what we are paid to do as players.
“We are paid to make decisions, adapt, and problem-solve. There is your platinum game and sometimes you have got to be able to step down and adjust to the bronze game.
“You have to have A, B and potentially C at times. Everybody likes to go out and have a bit of running rugby, but at Test level it’s what suits your opposition first and then the environment.”
ANDY FARRELL QUOTES (FROM WEBSITE)
“I thought Robbie and Pete both did pretty well when they came off the bench against Scotland, and it was fine margins for selection for the game.
“They were outstanding all week, and that rolled into the performance as well. Will Addison unfortunately still has a calf injury and wasn’t available (to be considered). Dave (Kilcoyne) is going through his HIA protocols and is fine at the time, but Jack McGrath is standing by
“I think Max has got all the attributes of a great back rower. You’re going into the unknown in Test match rugby, but we feel he’s ready. He’s a great all-round footballer and we feel that he’s going to add a dimension, especially in attack.”
HEAD TO HEAD
Games played: 129
Wales wins: 69
Ireland wins: 53