6N: Gatland says playing Biggar after 5 weeks out not risky

Allan Goodman
February 26, 2018

Gareth Anscombe started and had a decent game at 15 and 10, where he switched in the second half after Patchell was taken off. They do so with a new cast blooded from recent exposure.

In the lead up to the contest, Wales head coach Warren Gatland has rejected talk of Ireland being the best team in the competition, but Best had no issue with his comments. No longer can Wales be accused of being shallow. "They just see his press-conference appearances or his words appearing in print".

Ireland have usurped defending champions England as the team most likely to win the Six Nations ahead of this weekend's third round of fixtures, according to mathematical modelling. Shingler is playing too well.

"For the first time Wales could probably pick a squad of 30 players now and all 30 could start". When we played Italy we didn't have the best start, but Wales was the opposite to that; we started really well but then didn't continue it for the full 80 minutes. Jack Conan, who was forced off at half-time with a shoulder injury, fends off competition from Jordi Murphy for a place on the bench.

I think it would be insane to underestimate this game and underestimate Scotland at home in Glasgow. But Josh Navidi would be one of them for me. It is about doing the things we have been doing in training and making sure we get more consistency into our performance.

Yesterday, however, Schmidt couldn't help but express a bit of frustration at his opposite number.

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He then turned to fired an effort on goal which forced Martin Dubravka into a smart save low to his left. All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

"And we won a Grand Slam, which was brilliant". "It doesn't surprise me at all how well he's doing". Ireland, (as 2nd favourites for the title), with victories against France and Italy in the bag and 2 home games to come before heading to Twickers - where they are once again expected to challenge England for the Championship on the final day of the 6 Nations.

Halfpenny's poise and goalkicking were missed by Wales at Twickenham. "Ireland ground out a win against France", he says.

Schmidt said: "It is not ideal and you do not suddenly replace three world-class players but we focus on what we have, exciting young players like the three who have come in". Wales have been over to Dublin, quite a few times, and won. The game against England wasn't a great game with the weather coming down.

Wales, in particular, look very risky. Best, who speaking to the media today at the Aviva Stadium after Ireland's Captain's Run, said it is a great achievement for the Kiwi coach but it's one he doesn't want to give cause for him to celebrate with tomorrow's result.

A second Slam followed in 2012, while Gatland has also overseen two British and Irish Lions tours, the first a series win in Australia in 2013 and the latter a thrilling drawn contest with the All Blacks past year.

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