Porter and Farrell will make Six Nations debuts for Ireland against Wales

Eddie Jones' England side face Scotland on Saturday

Eddie Jones England side face Scotland on Saturday

"They got some turnover stuff and some kick returns and stuff, which put us under pressure, but when they played with ball in hand, we didn't feel like we were under a huge amount of pressure". "This weekend is about the game, it's about the players and the result". But Wales looked really good in the last 20 minutes.

Yesterday, however, Schmidt couldn't help but express a bit of frustration at his opposite number.

But in more recent times, France's form has fallen off a cliff and Ireland has taken to beating them both home and away.

"I don't think Ireland play a lot of rugby, but they've been incredibly successful", said Gatland post-match of the then back-to-back Six Nations champions.

However the 40-year-old doesn't see many similarities between himself and the current bearer of the No9 green jersey.

Cardiff 's Josh Navidi has been a revelation this season, so much so that Lion's openside Justin Tipuric has been relegated to the bench.

"You want to have some experience around inexperienced players, because when you are out there, and things are happening as fast as they tend to in a Test match, you can get spooked".

A second Slam followed in 2012, while Gatland has also overseen two British and Irish Lions tours, the first a series win in Australia in 2013 and the latter a thrilling drawn contest with the All Blacks previous year.

"We've got a good record against Ireland, but we are fully aware that it's going to be a huge, huge challenge", Biggar said. It's not ideal but you're not down and out. - They are talking about Grand slams, and going to Twickenham.

"And he has the ability to score tries as well".

If only. It definitely builds confidence though, every game we play we want to win and ultimately that is our aim; to hopefully go on and win the tournament.

But victory on Saturday, in his 100th Test in charge, would add weight to the New Zealander's bold prediction.

Gatland's pre-November claim that Wales' potential to win next year's World Cup in Japan was a greater motivating factor for him staying as head coach after last summer's British & Irish Lions tour than the hefty loyalty bonus built into his contract was greeted with scepticism. While Warren "the Welsh players dislike the Irish most" Gatland is a veteran of manipulating the microphone, Schmidt usually chooses to either keep shtum or lavish opponents with praise.

Prop Tadhg Furlong and lock Iain Henderson were ruled out with hamstring issues from playing for Six Nations leader Ireland against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. "We thought on Tuesday that he would make it. Progress stalled a little bit so we said we shouldn't chase it".

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