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Ireland v Wales LIVE rugby stream: Six Nations 2024 build-up and updates

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Following victories over France and Italy, Ireland are on the path to a Six Nations grand slam and hope to take the next step when they host Wales in Dublin this afternoon.

Andy Farrell’s side have been spectacular in the Six Nations so far, opening up their campaign with a 38-17 victory in Marseille before whitewashing the Azzurri 36-0 at the Aviva Stadium. Farrell’s Ireland are bidding to repeat their 2023 clean sweep in this competition and are the big favourites to win against Wales today.

Warren Gatland’s side come to Dublin on the back of consecutive defeats though they have played some encouraging rugby in both losses. The first saw them fight back after shipping 27 first-half points to Scotland only to lose by one before an England comeback ensured Steve Borthwick’s men clinched a 16-14 win over Gatland’s troops last time out.

Knowing he’s facing the strongest team in the Six Nations this year, can ex-Ireland coach Gatland inspire Wales to produce their best rugby and cause a shock in the championship?

Follow all the action from Dublin below plus get the latest odds and tips for Ireland v Wales right here:


Wales coach Warren Gatland gives his pre-match thoughts to ITV

“We’re massive underdogs playing against one of the best teams in the world so there’s no pressure on for us externally, but there’s pressure we put on ourselves in terms of wanting to improve on the first two games.

“Ireland were fantastic against France, and the Italy game as well, keeping them scoreless. They’ve got a huge amount of depth at the moment and are a very strong side.”

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:47


Rob Howley demands ‘comfort in the chaos’ from Wales in Ireland showdown

Rob Howley says Wales will aim to create rugby chaos when they face what most people believe is mission improbable against Ireland today.

Wales have not won a Guinness Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin since 2012, drawing one and losing four of the subsequent fixtures.

Ireland are chasing back-to-back Grand Slams – a feat never previously achieved in the Six Nations – and have taken pole position following emphatic bonus-point victories over France and Italy.

Andy Farrell’s team will also equal a record, currently held by England and set seven years ago, of 11 successive Six Nations wins if they topple Wales.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:42


Oli Jager set for a debut

Oli Jager is set to make his Ireland debut at the Aviva Stadium today having taken an alternative route to Test level. Born in London to an Irish mother and Dutch father, Jager played U18 rugby for Ireland Schools but missed out on a place in Leinster’s academy.

A move to New Zealand sparked Jager’s career back into life, though, with impressive performances for Canterbury leading to a Crusaders contract. His work in helping establish a dynasty under Scott Robertson brought him onto Andy Farrell’s radar, with a conversation on Ireland’s tour of Aotearoa in 2022 eventually leading to his switch to Munster late last year. Finlay Bealham is fit and remains Tadhg Furlong’s primary back-up, but Jager has earned his chance.

“We’ve had him earmarked for a while,” Farrell explained. “He’s a big man, low maintenance. A proper man’s man.. the ‘tache says it all, doesn’t it?”

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Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:35


Wales team news

Sam Costelow returns at fly half for Wales after missing the defeat to England, stepping in for Ioan Lloyd, who drops to the bench. That is the sole change to the starting line-up made by Warren Gatland, with the rest of the 15 intact after a strong first hour at Twickenham.

On the bench, there is a potential debutant in back rower Mackenzie Martin, and Dillon Lewis is primed for his first appearance of the championship after injury to Archie Griffin.

Wales XV: 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Keiron Assiratti; 4 Dafydd Jenkins (capt.), 5 Adam Beard; 6 Alex Mann, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Aaron Wainwright; 9 Tomos Williams, 10 Sam Costelow; 11 Rio Dyer, 12 Nick Tompkins, 13 George North, 14 Josh Adams; 15 Cameron Winnett.

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Mackenzie Martin; 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Mason Grady.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:28


Ireland team news

Ciaran Frawley is given the starting 15 shirt by Andy Farrell in the absence of the injured Hugo Keenan, but Caelan Doris is fit and starts in the back row after an injury scare, sliding across to number eight.

There are six forwards on the Ireland bench, including a potential debutant in Oli Jager, who impressed with the Crusaders in New Zealand before a midseason move to Munster, with Conor Murray and Stuart McCloskey the back replacements.

Ireland XV: 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong; 4 Joe McCarthy, 5 Tadhg Beirne; 6 Peter O’Mahony (capt), 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris; 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 10 Jack Crowley; 11 James Lowe, 12 Bundee Aki, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Calvin Nash; 15 Ciaran Frawley.

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Oli Jager, 19 James Ryan, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Jack Conan; 22 Conor Murray, 23 Stuart McCloskey.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:24


Ireland vs Wales

It’s a dry and chilly afternoon in Dublin, with the fans filing in to the Aviva Stadium as kick off creeps ever nearer. Despite their remarkable winning run, here’s been a bit of chat about Ireland’s ground being slightly flat of late – will the home supporters lift the volume this afternoon?

Let’s take a closer look at the two sides set to joust this afternoon…

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:20


Keiron Assiratti set to face Ireland just a year after career hung in balance

Wales prop Keiron Assiratti is set to face Guinness Six Nations opponents Ireland a year after his professional rugby career hung in the balance.

The tighthead considered signing for Welsh Premiership club Merthyr as the regional game in Wales grappled with major financial issues that stalled contract offers to players.

Assiratti had nothing on the table from Cardiff, and he seriously considered dropping down a level, while also potentially finding work outside of rugby.

But the subsequent turnaround in fortunes surpassed all expectations, with a one-year deal eventually being signed last summer before an extended contract was agreed midway through this season.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:15


Ireland v Wales referee: Who is Six Nations official Andrea Piardi?

Andrea Piardi will make history this afternoon as he becomes the first Italian to take charge of a men’s Six Nations match. Piardi has had a fine couple of seasons in the United Rugby Championship, overseeing last season’s final, and will make his competition debut with the whistle in Dublin as one of two debutant referees this weekend – England’s Christophe Ridley has been appointed to France vs Italy tomorrow.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 13:00


Nick Tompkins insists Wales are relishing stern Ireland challenge in Dublin

Nick Tompkins says that Wales are excited and not daunted by the challenge that awaits them against Guinness Six Nations title favourites Ireland on Saturday.

The odds are stacked against Wales, having not won a Six Nations game in Dublin since 2012 and facing a team marching ominously towards achieving back-to-back Grand Slams.

More than a third of Wales’ match-day 23 have cap totals in single figures, while a vastly-experienced Ireland team last suffered a Six Nations defeat two years ago.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 12:45


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The Springboks’ first game since their World Cup triumph in France will take place on June 22 as Wales prepare for their summer tour to Australia.

And the Qatar Airways Cup clash will be followed later the same afternoon by the Barbarians tackling Fiji at English rugby headquarters.

Harry Latham-Coyle24 February 2024 12:30


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