Dan Biggar's recall illustrates Wales are planning for a physical game

Dan Biggar's recall illustrates Wales are planning for a physical game”

Warren Gatland indicated yesterday that his plan for Wales to overcome Ireland in this Saturday's crunch NatWest Six Nations encounter will revolve around a physical attack on Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray.

Owens, who had an excellent tour of New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions a year ago, told the Guardian: "I don't think he gets the credit for what he has achieved.

A lot of the boys were with them for the Lions during the summer so it is going to be a tough challenge for myself and Bigs but it is one we are looking forward to", Davies said.

"It is the first week we have had everyone in the 'green" in terms of availability which is a nice luxury to have and a positive ahead of what is a very important test match against a very good Ireland side.

Fullback Halfpenny, who scored two tries in Wales' opening Six Nations win against Scotland, missed the Twickenham defeat after picking up a foot injury. "We've had some pretty good success not allowing Johnny too much time and space on the ball." said the Wales head coach.

"The New Zealand tour was the second-best result there in Lions history, and if you look at New Zealand over the past 20 or 30 years, they haven't lost at Eden Park and we got a draw there".

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Ireland will go into the game leading the way after wins over France in Paris and Italy at the Aviva Stadium.

"I think Ireland will 100 per cent only have their focus on Wales". You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland.

"No", Gatland retorted when hearing that the journalist thinks Ireland have been most impressive. Our discipline has been excellent in the first two games - we only gave away two penalties against England.

"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively, and make sure our discipline is good". "

"We don't want to use the fact that we have won two (Games this year) to try build up to a false sense of being complacent, where we're certainly not.


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 (c), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans. Reps: E Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), B Davies, J Tipuric (both Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets), G Anscombe (Cardiff), G North (Northampton).

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