IRELAND vs WALES BETTING PREVIEW
Ireland top the log ahead of England on points difference having won both the matches so far and earned 1 bonus point. They trashed 56-19 Italy in Round 2, leading 28-0 at half time, while in the opening match they recorded a hard-fought success in France (13-15) courtesy of a last gasp drop goal scored by Johnny Sexton. The last 10 direct matches between Ireland and Wales have seen five Welsh wins, four Irish wins and a draw, the latter coming in their last meeting at the Aviva Stadium in 2016. Only three of those ten games have seen double-figure margins of victory.
The hosts will be will be without Robbie Henshaw, after the centre injured his shoulder while scoring a try against Italy in their last match. Andrew Porter and Chris Farrell will make their first Six Nations starts for Ireland while British and Irish Lions duo Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson miss out due to harmstring injuries. Devin Toner will replace Henderson and partner James Ryan, with Munster centre Chris Farrell coming in for Robbie Henshaw, who is sidelined for up to four months with a shoulder injury.
Wales have a record of 1W 1L so far, having opened their Six Nations campaign with a 34-7 victory over Scotland (Tries 4-1) and suffered a 12-6 defeat at Twickenham against England (Tries 0-2). That loss saw Wales slip down to third on the standings, 3 points shy of England and Ireland. The Dragons will need to be more clinical if they are to win away at Ireland and will have to start better than they did against England. They recorded 22-9 win over Ireland in last year’s 6 Nations.
Head coach Warren Gatland has made three changes to his starting line-up. Fly-half Dan Biggar will replace Rhys Patchell in the No 10 shirt, after missing the first two games. Full-back Leigh Halfpenny has recovered from a foot infection and will feature from the off, in place of Gareth Anscombe. Fit-again Saracens wing Liam Williams will take over from Josh Adams. George North will be sitting on the bench once again with Gatland opting for a back-three of Halfpenny, Williams and Steff Evans.
IRELAND vs WALES PROBABLE LINEUPS IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney; 14 Keith Earls, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale; 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 8 Cian Healy, 7 Rory Best (captain), 6 Andrew Porter, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Peter O’Mahony, 2 Dan Leavy, 1 CJ Stander.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 John Ryan, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Fergus McFadden.
WALES: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 George North.
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