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McBryde: ‘Best in the world Ireland will be big test for Wales’

Wales forward coach, Robin McBryde, believes Wales will face the ‘best side in world rugby’ when they come face to face in with Ireland on Saturday.

Ireland stand between a Grand Slam and Six Nations title for Wales as they remain unbeaten in the competition.

But McBryde believes the clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday will be a big test for the team:

We know it will be a big test for us. We have put ourselves in a great position, and it’s a chance in a lifetime for some of these boys, and that is not lost on anybody. We are facing arguably the best side in world rugby to do that on the weekend. It would be no mean feat in the Six Nations, and games can be decided on small margins and decisions.

We have done exceptionally well to put us in this position, but it won’t mean anything if we don’t finish the job on the weekend.


A win would hand Warren Gatland his third clean sweep of his reign – it is his final Six Nations game before he steps down from his Wales post after the World Cup later this year.

Ireland can still win the championship, while England – who host Scotland at Twickenham this weekend – are also in the title mix.

But unbeaten tournament leaders Wales occupy pole position, knowing that a win at the Principality Stadium will be enough to land European rugby’s biggest double prize.

Gatland will name his team on Thursday with Liam Williams still a doubt after picking up an injury against Scotland last weekend. They won 18-11 at Murrayfield to keep their Grand Slam dream alive.

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