|Six International locations 2019: Wales v Ireland|
|Venue:Principality Stadium, CardiffDate:Saturday, 16 MarchKick-off:14:45 GMT|
|Coverage:Are living on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Are living, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Ulster, plus reside textual issue commentary on BBC Sport web speak and BBC Sport app.|
Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne will develop his Six International locations debut in opposition to Wales in Saturday’s doable title decider.
With Iain Henderson dominated out of the time out to Cardiff thru damage, Beirne companions James Ryan in Ireland’s fifth diverse starting second row mixture of the match.
Sean O’Brien is recalled whereas Lift Kearney returns at plump-support.
To preserve their title, Ireland ought to quit Wales’ Big Slam expose and moreover hope that Scotland upset England.
Wales lead the championship by a point from England going into the closing weekend of the 2019 Six International locations with Ireland another point adrift in third, but all three sides delight in of endeavor to be crowned champions on Saturday.
Ireland can overtake Wales in the occasion that they’ll take dangle of in Cardiff for the first time below head coach Joe Schmidt but would moreover want Scotland to forestall England from successful at Twickenham.
Wales will clinch the title in the occasion that they take dangle of on Saturday but England ought to rely on Ireland stopping the leaders in the penultimate match and would then be ready to claim their third title in four seasons with a victory in opposition to Scotland.
Beirne returns to familiar territory
Munster’s Beirne enjoyed two successful seasons with Scarlets sooner than returning to Ireland for the starting of the novel campaign in describe to pursue a international profession.
The lock was once voted Pro14 gamers’ participant of the 2017/18 season as he helped the Welsh aspect to the Pro14 remaining and the closing four of the European Champions Cup.
Luxuriate in Beirne, Henderson overlooked the opening rounds of the championship thru damage but impressed on his return to motion in opposition to France closing week.
The Ulster participant, who will no longer return to correctly being for a minimal of two weeks because of a knee sprain, now faces a bolt to be match for his province’s European quarter-remaining in opposition to Leinster later this month.
Flanker O’Brien was once dropped for closing week’s take dangle of over Wales whereas Kearney was once a tedious withdrawal with a calf rigidity but the pair were restored to the crew.
O’Brien replaces the injured Josh van der Flier and Kearney’s return at plump-support comes at Jordan Larmour’s expense.
The in-construct Jack Conan retains his attach among the many replacements whereas there is rarely any attach in the 23 for Dan Leavy despite his return to correctly being.
Kieran Marmion would possibly well moreover develop his first look of the match from the bench with John Cooney chucking up the sponge of the squad.
Gatland v Schmidt: A remaining Six International locations showdown
Saturday’s match will likely be the closing Six International locations stumble upon between Schmidt and his Welsh counterpart Warren Gatland as each men thought to step down at the conclude of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.
The 2 sides will meet in a warmth-up match sooner than the match in August but this week’s sport represents a remaining different for Schmidt to claim a Six International locations victory at the Principality Stadium.
The Unique Zealander famously won the European Cup at the dwelling of Welsh rugby in 2011 when Leinster beat Northampton Saints in the closing but Ireland delight in misplaced their two outdated Six International locations visits to Cardiff in the Schmidt abilities – a23-16 lossin 2015 and a heavy22-9 defeatin 2017 when Lift Howley was once the intervening time Wales head coach.
Gatland, who would possibly well became the first head coach to take dangle of three Big Slam titles, would dearly respect to log off on his Six International locations profession by successful in opposition to the crew he coached between 1998 and 2001.
Ireland:Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Finest (capt), Furlong, Beirne, Ryan, O’Mahony, O’Brien, Stander.
Replacements:Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Roux, Conan, Marmion, Carty, Larmour.