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Ireland coach Andy Farrell has asked his team to put in a performance that can mark them as a six-nation contender in Cardiff tomorrow.
The squad traveled to the Welsh capital yesterday after Farrell James Lowe, Garry Ringrose, Tadhg Beirne and Josh van der Flier had called back to his home page while Tadhg Furlong is back on a strong bench.
Welsh coach Wayne Pivac has named the best-placed XV in the country’s history (874) by Alun Wyn Jones. Dan Lydiate is being recalled after a three-year absence.
“It is obviously important to get the competition off to a good start. A victory in the Six Nations is the key, « he said.
» The main thing for us is the continuity of our performance, the correctness of all standards of standards, defense, attack, counterattack etc. and making sure that everyone is in Getting together in the right format.
« Having the right intention and showing that we want to try to win this competition from the start is key.
» Winning has to be the key first, but of course we are also proud of our performance. It has to go hand in hand. «
» I was very impressed by the way we reached the bottom from the first day we got to the camp.
« There is hunger, there is togetherness, there is a unity within the team, that is hungry to do well. «
» The guys really take responsibility for where they are as a group and yes, there is a lot of togetherness that will stay strong over the next 48 hours that will keep us Hopefully it will help to kick off. «
Tomorrow’s game will be played under an open roof at the Principality Stadium. The arena has been returned to its original state after almost a year of operation as a Covid-19 hospital.
Unlike other venues, organizers will be channeling fake noise into the stands to try and keep things in the otherwise empty stadium to make it more normal.
When Johnny Sexton was a fresh-faced 16-year-old transition year student, he was so confident of his own abilities that he made a bet with an older teammate that he would win the upcoming Leinster Senior Cup for St. Mary’s College would.
If January showed us something about the most important of the least important things – as Jürgen Klopp could put it – it was James Ryan who couldn’t stand a teammate being tied up unnecessarily in a backpack.
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