Liam Williams: Full-back fit as Wales unchanged to face Ireland


Liam Williams won his fifty fifth Wales cap against Scotland earlier than he turned into forced off within the second half of
Six Nations: Wales v Eire
Venue:Principality Stadium, CardiffDate:Saturday, 16 MarchKick-off:14:forty five GMT
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Liam Williams is match to begin as Colossal Slam-chasing Wales title an unchanged facet to face Eire on Saturday.

The complete-succor turned into turned into forced off one day of glorious weekend’s18-11 victory against Scotlandwith a shoulder spoil.

Gareth Anscombe begins at outside-half of with Dan Biggar smooth on the replacements bench.

Wales are chasing a third Colossal Slam below Warren Gatland – adding to the 2008 and 2012 successes – which could perchance presumably perchance be a fable for one coach.

It’s Gatland and fellow Unusual Zealander’s Joe Schmidt’s glorious Six Nations suits accountable of their respective countries earlier than they attain their jobs at the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Eire and England, who play Scotland presently after this match at the Principality Stadium, could presumably perchance additionally take the Six Nations title.

“We felt that it turned into stunning laborious to alternate a bunch that’s a success in particular for these that gain a chance for a Colossal Slam,” acknowledged Gatland.

“Now we gain spoken all week about embracing it and no longer working a long way from it.

“You ranking alternatives that come along in lifestyles and you might perchance perchance perchance presumably like to ranking it with each fingers. I even gain acknowledged to this neighborhood of gamers you might perchance perchance perchance presumably perchance presumably by no formulation ranking a chance fancy this but again and you don’t desire to let these alternatives hump you by.

“I even gain no longer viewed a neighborhood of gamers as motivated as this earlier than and this inspiring about taking part in in a Colossal Slam game, searching to take and place that jersey on and play for themselves and households and Wales as a complete and what it formulation to the country.

“I do know Eire desire to come and spoil the occasion but we’ve a chance of realistically finishing first or third whereas Eire doubtlessly be second or third.

“We know what’s at stake and the prize is huge.”

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Gatland pays tribute to skipper Alun Wyn Jones

Will the roof be begin or closed?

Gatland turned into requested about the Principality Stadium roof and whether or no longer this is able to perchance presumably be closed or no longer for Saturday’s game.

The away facet ranking the glorious recount on that matter and, with heavy rain forecast this weekend, Gatland expects Eire to quiz to gain the roof begin.

“Now we gain no longer heard definitively but we imprint they need it begin which is no longer a stammer for us,” he acknowledged.

“My handiest stammer is that if it is a long way pouring down with rain then we invent gain a responsibility to the game for a spectacle.

“There could presumably perchance be 9m folk observing it on TV but I model no longer watch the point having the choice to end the roof, to doubtlessly play in unpleasant climate stipulations.

“That’s a decision that’s out of my fingers. Every teams desire to conform to the roof being closed so which formulation on occasion the away group decides what occurs in our stadium. It’s our stadium and we’ve to be able to invent what we need with it.

“It’s no longer something we’ve spoken about all week and we apt presume Eire could presumably perchance be fancy England and quiz for the roof to be begin.

“There is rarely any question when the roof is closed does originate more of an ambiance in phrases of the noise.

“Some teams are in a position to tackle that and others can not with the additional noise and strain and what the crowd can bring from a home point of survey.

“Saying that I believed the ambiance from the England game turned into up there with as simply as I even gain ever heard especially the glorious 20 minutes. The crowd obtained within the succor of us and they were fabulous and if they invent that but again on Saturday this is able to perchance presumably be sparkling.”

Wales group to face Eire:L Williams (Saracens); North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), Adams (Worcester); Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Beard (Ospreys), AW Jones (Ospreys, capt), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Tipuric (Ospreys), Moriarty (Dragons).

Replacements:Dee (Dragons), Smith (Ospreys), D Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Ball (Scarlets), Wainwright (Dragons), A Davies (Ospreys), Biggar (Northampton), Watkin (Ospreys).

Wales will receive a three-point bonus if they beat Eire to clinch the Colossal Slam, thus guaranteeing they shall be topped Six Nations champions

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