Celtic Rivalry on the Rugby Field
Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales in the Principality Stadium on Friday 10th March 2017. The night-time kick-off time brings an added edge to a crucial game for both sides.
In the Six Nations since 2010, both sides have won three times, with a 16-16 draw the last time the sides played in Dublin in 2016. Two of the last three games in Cardiff have been won by Ireland.
On that Friday night in Cardiff, Ireland will be aiming to keep their Six Nations dream alive after their shock 27-22 defeat in Murrayfield has been followed by victories over Italy and France.
For Wales, a victory is needed to salvage something from a disappointing Six Nations, with the opening victory against Italy followed by a close defeat by England and a humiliating loss in Scotland.
This is a crunch test match.
Playing Ireland has never been easy. Since the first test match took place in Dublin in January 1882, Wales have had more success with 67 victories against Ireland’s 50 wins, with 7 draws. However, in Ireland the wins are 28 each with 5 draws. Cardiff has been the happier hunting ground for Wales, with 36 victories against Ireland’s 20 with 2 draws.
Before every Wales vs Ireland test match, the media have been heard to report that Cardiff has been a happy hunting ground for Ireland, with 5 victories against 3 since the Six Nations began in 2000. However, recent results are far more even.
Rob Howley and his men have to regroup after the calamitous second half display in Edinburgh. Ireland, high on confidence after the summer win against the All Blacks and solid performances against Italy and Ireland, are the bookies favourites.
Can Wales combat the physicality of the Irish? And can they convert the opportunities they create? By 10pm on Friday 10th March, we will know.
Prior to the test match in Cardiff, Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will be speaking at a pre-match hospitality event at the Radisson Blu Hotel. It will be enlightening to hear what a current player and ex Wales and British & Irish Lions capped hooker thinks about the Wales performance in Scotland and his thoughts on playing Ireland. Maybe he will even mention the infamous try/no try in 2011.
For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with Matthew Rees, please contact Paul Fielding on:
Phone: 01656 782252 or 07768 418308
By email on: legends@