Ireland v Wales 2024 6 Nations

Ireland will take on Wales on Saturday in round 3 of the 6 Nations looking to maintain the winning start that has seen them on top of the table on 10 points. They will play Wales at 2.15pm in Dublin. Ireland may be without Hugo Keenan who has been a near ever present during Andy Farrell’s time in charge.

If he isn’t fit to play on Saturday, the smart money will see Ciaran Frawley in the 15 jersey with Jack Crowley continuing his time in Ireland’s 10 shirt. It will be interesting to see how the 23 will look when it is announced on Thursday at 2pm. Ireland will want to push on from week 2 where they defeated Italy 36-0.

Wales for their part will be looking for a first win of the campaign and will come to Dublin with nothing to lose and plenty to gain and are again of course under the care of Warren Gatland but unlike his previous tenure this period will be about building a squad and squad depth capable of competing over the next few years.

Welsh rugby is under the cosh at the moment and the WRU will want to see there national side put in strong showings to round off this year’s tournament. They will know a win is unlikely on Saturday but not impossible.

That will make them a sticky proposition on Saturday but the way Ireland have started this year you have to think they will guard against that complacency and look to put in another statement type performance from the off.

Ireland will have to make a few changes but it looks as if they will selected from a settled wider squad and that will help with disruption. Tom Ahern and Oli Jager will look to push on this week for inclusion in the 23 after solid performances this past weekend for Munster against the Scarlets.

Ireland will revert back to a 5/3 split on the bench one thinks and that will leave scope for the bench selections. Will Conor Murray come in for Craig Casey with Jamison Gibson Park likely to come back in to partner Jack Crowley. Some interesting calls but calls that Farrell isn’t afraid to make.

Wales with look to youth again on Saturday and while that may not reap immediate reward it is defiantly the long game for Ieuan Evans and the much maligned WRU board. They will know they are in the territory of kicking on if they can summon a strong performance to see can they knock Ireland off kilter and see where that will leave them at the end of the 80 minutes on Saturday.

I will select the 23 I think we will see on Saturday :

15 Ciaran Frawley

14 Calvin Nash

13 Robbie Henshaw

12 Bundee Aki

11 James Lowe

10 Jack Crowley

9 Jamison Gibson Park

8 Caelan Doris

7 Josh Van Der Flier

6 Peter O Mahony

5 Tadgh Beirne

4 Joe Mc Carthy  

3 Tadgh Furlong

2 Dan Sheehan

1 Cian Healy

16 Ronan Kelleher

17 Andrew Porter

18 Finlay Bealham

19 Ryan Baird

20 Tom Ahern

21 Conor Murray

22 Garry Ringrose

23 Jordan Larmour

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