Six Nations: Wales name unchanged team ahead of Ireland Grand Slam decider

Aubrey Yates
March 16, 2019

Gatland also paid tribute to skipper Jones, who will join Jenkins, Ryan Jones and Adam Jones as a triple Grand Slam victor if Wales defeat Ireland.

Player unrest was evident after a 44-8 drubbing by England at Twickenham and France were flattered hugely by last week's 26-14 loss away to Ireland.

However, as they showed in the autumn, they are a top-notch side and it was just the disappointment in the opening game against England in Dublin which has undermined their tournament.

IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, CJ Stander. But they look like they've got their mojo back.

"Now he's finding his feet again".

'What the hell is Eddie Jones doing talking about our game?' laughed Gatland.

It was the start of Gatland's first Grand Slam as Wales coach, a feat the Welsh repeated in 2012.

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"I know he was thinking potentially about when he was going to call time on the game, but he is feeling pretty good at the moment so Wales might get a few more years out of him". 'If it was me, I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland.

"If you look at the stats, England have made a hell of a lot more tackles than us (Wales) in this tournament".

Ahead of a decisive Six Nations showdown with Wales in Cardiff, Joe Schmidt has announced the Ireland team that will contest the New Zealander's final game in the competition. "My advice to Eddie is to concentrate on the Scotland match", said Gatland. Great credit to them for what they've done, but they are starting to look a bit exhausted.

Although England ran in 57 points last weekend I don't feel Jones will have learnt much about the Te'o-Manu Tuilagi partnership because Italy weren't much of a test.

"It's about building belief and confidence in the players". We've worked in the (Six Nations) down weeks and we've trained as hard as any team I have seen.

"We've put that training in the bank, and there is no way anyone is training as hard as us in this Six Nations".

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