Wales take on Ireland in their Six Nations opener on Sunday at the Principality Stadium.
Wayne Pivac’s side will want to open their new campaign with a win to set them on their way to improve on their fifth-place finish in last year’s tournament.
Andy Farrell’s side, however, travel to Cardiff on the back of two thumping Dublin successes over their opponents in 2020 but without a Six Nations win there in eight years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
What time is Wales v Ireland kick-off?
Wales v Ireland kicks off at 3pm on Sunday, February 7.
What TV channel is Wales v Ireland on?
Live coverage of Wales v Ireland will be shown on the BBC One and S4C.
The game will be televised on Virgin Media in the Republic of Ireland and on BBC in Northern Ireland.
What about live streaming?
What’s the Wales v Ireland team news?
Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate makes his first start for Wales since November 2018 in a back-row alongside Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones partners the returning Adam Beard in the second-row, while Ken Owens returns to the side after missing the autumn campaign due to injury and lines up alongside Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis.
Tomos Williams will make his first appearance since last year’s Six Nations after injury when he partners Dan Biggar at half-back.
George North – earning his 99th cap this weekend – is named at centre alongside Johnny Williams in the absence of injured Jonathan Davies.
Leigh Halfpenny starts at full-back with Hallam Amos and Louis Rees-Zammit both on the wings, Amos coming in for suspended Josh Adams.
Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones and Leon Brown provide the front-row cover for Wales, with Will Rowlands and Josh Navidi completing the forward contingent. Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy and Nick Tompkins provide the back-line cover.
As for Ireland, fly-half Johnny Sexton captains the side and is joined in the half-backs by Conor Murray.
Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are named in the centre, while Hugo Keenan is selected at full-back with Keith Earls and Six Nations debutant James Lowe named on the wings.
Cian Healy is joined in the front row by Rob Herring and Andrew Porter.
Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan form the lock partnership, while Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander are named in the back row.
The replacements are Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Tadgh Furlong, Iain Henderson, Will Connors, Jamison Gibson Park, Billy Burns and Jordan Larmour.
Wales: 15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. George North, 12. Johnny Williams, 11. Hallam Amos, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Tomos Williams, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Rhodri Jones, 18. Leon Brown, 19. Will Rowlands, 20. Josh Navidi, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Callum Sheedy, 23. Nick Tompkins.
Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Jonathan Sexton (capt), 9. Conor Murray, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Rob Herring, 3. Andrew Porter, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. James Ryan, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. CJ Stander.
Replacements: 16. Ronan Kelleher, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Tadhg Furlong, 19. Iain Henderson, 20. Will Connors, 21. Jamison Gibson Park, 22. Billy Burns, 23. Jordan Larmour.
Where is Wales v Ireland being staged?
Wales v Ireland marks the hosts’ return to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff for the first time since March 2020, when the UK went into lockdown.
The venue was soon turned into the Dragon’s Heart field hospital to aid with the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Wales’ played their three home Autumn Nations Cup matches at the Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.
What have the coaches said?
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “The first two tournaments were always going to bring a bit of change and it would take time to look at things. The way we went about the autumn series was well-publicised because of the rankings system.
“We’ve parked that now and everybody realises that the Six Nations is where we’re going to be measured in a lot of areas.
“It was about having a look at those first two campaigns and coming up with a side that we believe is good enough to win on a given day.
“Factoring in the injuries, this is a side we’ve come up with.”
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell: “Our boys are very familiar with everyone in the Welsh squad, they play against them all of the time, some of them are good friends,” he said.
“We know what top performers they can be when they’re under pressure. This is the start of a new competition and they will be wanting to right some wrongs.
“They’re an experienced side that’s been in good positions before and difficult positions before. I suppose the slate is going to wiped clean at the start of a competition and this is a huge game for both teams.
“In the two camps, we know the truth that it’s going to be a war of attrition.
“We know that we haven’t won there since 2013, which says a lot, and we’re expecting Wales to be 100 per cent at their best. We’ve played them at their best before and come unstuck, we’re preparing accordingly.”
What are the betting odds?
- Wales (17/10)
- Draw (18/1)
- Ireland (8/15)
Odds courtesy of thepools.com and correct at the time of publication.
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