Six Nations 2019: England, Wales, Ireland - who will win?

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Wales coach Warren Gatland was quick to ridicule Jones' comments and pointed out that England have made 133 more tackles than his side.

Both Ireland and Wales have named their teams and kick-off between two of rugby's biggest heavyweights is just around the corner.

There are three survivors in Gatland's starting line-up from the Grand Slam clincher against France in 2012 - captain Alun Wyn Jones, wing George North and centre Jonathan Davies.

England still have hopes of silverware, but they need to beat Scotland at Twickenham, while also requiring an Ireland victory over Wales.

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. "If it was me I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland", joked Gatland.

"If no-one does think we're going to win, then that's fine", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

"We have spoken all week about embracing it and not running away from it", Gatland said.

"We know what is at stake, and the prize is massive".

"We don't have any plan [about the Wales game]", he added.

"I can guarantee you on Saturday, if we do win, there will be plenty of emotion afterwards". We have done all the work we can, and I get more of a buzz out of seeing the excitement on players and seeing them celebrate afterwards.

Gatland also paid tribute to skipper Jones, who will join Jenkins, Ryan Jones and Adam Jones as a triple Grand Slam victor if Wales defeat Ireland. "They are definitely going in the right direction", said a deadpan Gatland, with tongue in cheek after the game.

"The only thing we can control, regardless of the result, is how well we play".

"I'm just saying what I see and I see a team that's looking exhausted. They're in a good spot and they've got a lot to prove in the last game".

It would also leave them in great shape six months before their World Cup challenge in Japan.



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