Round 1: Six Nations 2022 Ireland V Wales – Preview
05 February 14:15 GMT – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Remarks of Officials:
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton: “We haven’t spoken too much about who Wales are missing. We spoke about who they’ve got. They played in November with a lot of the same injuries and picked up some good results and good performances.
“They had some injuries through the Six Nations last year and they ended up winning it. We haven’t spoken about it too much.
“All we’re doing is preparing to play against a very good Welsh team that has had a great run of form over the last year. That is honestly what we’ve seen. We see a big, tough test ahead and that’s what we’re preparing for.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “History in Dublin, it’s a hard place to go. There have been some great games in recent years against Ireland.
“They’re a very, very tough, very physical side, so we know we’re going to have to step up in that area of the game and make sure we do that for 80 minutes.
“We’ve got to be very disciplined and as a result be in there fighting for the right result.”
Caelan Doris v Ellis Jenkins
We could have focussed on the two men who will be captaining their team from fly-half, Johnny Sexton and Dan Bigger, or looked at how stand-in outside center Josh Adams could fair against Garry Ringrose.
Instead, we’ve picked out the clash at blindside flanker between one of the rising stars in Irish rugby and a player who made a heroic return to action for the Welsh during the autumn.
Six Nations 2022 Ireland V Wales – Six Nations 2022 Tv Coverage
Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD), 14 Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen), 13 Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD), 12 Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians), 11 Mack Hansen (Connacht), 10 Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College), 9 Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster), 1 Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD), 2 Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne), 3 Tadgh Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf), 4 Tadgh Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne), 5 James Ryan (Leinster/UCD), 6 Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College), 7 Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD), 8 Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere)
Replacements: 16 Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne), 17 Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf), 18 Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers), 19 Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University), 20 Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution), 21 Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen), 22 Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf), 23 James Hume (Ulster/Banbridge)
Wales: 15 Liam Williams (Scarlets), 14 Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets), 13 Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby), 12 Nick Tompkins (Saracens), 11 Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby), 10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), 9 Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), 1 Wyn Jones (Scarlets), 2 Ryan Elias (Scarlets), 3 Tomas Francis (Ospreys), 4 Will Rowlands (Dragons), 5 Adam Beard (Ospreys), 6 Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Rugby), 7 Taine Basham (Dragons), 8 Aaron Wainwright (Dragons)
Replacements: 16 Dewi Lake (Ospreys), 17 Gareth Thomas (Ospreys), 18 Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Rugby), 19 Seb Davies (Cardiff Rugby), 20 Ross Moriarty (Dragons), 21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets), 22 Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears), 23 Owen Watkin (Ospreys)