Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales


England's hopes of winning the trophy with victory over Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday are reliant on Ireland preventing a Wales Grand Slam in Cardiff beforehand.

That three teams, with leaders Wales in pole position, can still win the tournament with a round to go is a case for leaving rugby union's self-styled "greatest championship" well-enough alone.

"They're one of the traditional teams in world rugby".

"I'm just saying what I see and I see a team that's looking exhausted".

That plan could be scuppered, however, if the Six Nations accept a reported investment offer from former Formula One owners CVC Capital Partners.

Much of Wales' success this season has been based on a colossal defensive effort and Jones, for all the praise he had heaped on Gatland, could not resist a pre-match dig by suggesting the "tiring" Welsh might struggle against reigning champions Ireland.

"That's what I want to see, and for us it's about trying to stay level-headed over the next couple of days and be concise in what we deliver to the players so we are not too emotional".

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has fired back at England head coach Eddie Jones after the Australian said that his side looked a bit "fatigued" ahead of their Grand Slam decider with Ireland on Saturday.

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For the visitors, Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut while Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien return to the starting line-up.

An Ireland victory in Cardiff would give England a shot at snatching the title if they can beat Scotland in the later kick-off on Saturday.

"All we are anxious about is ourselves", said England coach Eddie Jones.

"They're well coached and I'm sure they'll handle it and if they do, then it doesn't matter for us as we have to play (Scotland)".

"There is no doubt that when Johnny gets front-foot ball he controls the game exceptionally well".

The Scots are also on a run of three straight defeats this Championship.

I think Ireland will win and open up the tournament for England to claim in the later kick off.