Jones fit for Six Nations opener
05/02/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 868
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is passed fit to lead his side into the Six Nations opener against Ireland with wing Louis Rees-Zammit to make his tournament debut.
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05/02/2021 12:15:09 14 5
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The Sheriff returns!!!
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05/02/2021 12:23:05 3 2
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He’s certainly great value on the podcast!
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05/02/2021 12:19:21 16 11
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Can't see Wales doing much better than the last Six Nations. Some players past their best and some mediocre.
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05/02/2021 12:20:33 4 2
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If Jonathan Davies is out,why is he showing in the lineup.Who is the other centre in that case.?
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05/02/2021 12:22:31 4 1
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Johnny Williams
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05/02/2021 12:21:07 23 6
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I would have put AWJ on bench for last 30, we need to see a lock pairing without AWJ for the future. Great player, but I feel we must look to making a strong bench of experience but allow new guys the gametime for next couple of years towards RWC.
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05/02/2021 12:21:44 14 3
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WRU website shows Johnny Williams in place of Jonathan Davies
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05/02/2021 13:07:03 5 2
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As does this article...
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CM1
05/02/2021 12:21:59 28 4
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Probably not far off the best team we can select (from what is available this week). My main concerns are: a) the lack of depth in the front row, and, b) lack of creativity in midfield. I hope Jarrod Evans gets a game at some point in the tournament but understand why this isn't necessarily the game to throw him in. Behind the boys all the way though....Dere 'mlaen Cymru
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05/02/2021 12:32:18 17 7
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Jarrod Evans should be starting this game.By far best o/h in Wales on current form.
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05/02/2021 13:36:03 0 2
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Err does that mean bring on the Zimmer frames?
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05/02/2021 12:22:07 3 1
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Good looking Wales side. Strong back row, with Navidi off the bench.
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05/02/2021 12:22:09 4 1
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I am confused , the report says Jonathon Davies isn’t playing , the team list says he is . BBC please clarify !
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05/02/2021 12:23:44 1 1
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That is what I have asked
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05/02/2021 12:20:33 4 2
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If Jonathan Davies is out,why is he showing in the lineup.Who is the other centre in that case.?
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05/02/2021 12:22:31 4 1
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Johnny Williams
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05/02/2021 12:22:37 7 10
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chronically overrated. hope he starts against england
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05/02/2021 12:24:36 5 6
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but desperately hope he doesn't get in the lions team ahead of ryan/gray/lawes/my nan
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05/02/2021 12:27:41 7 4
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Erm I'm English and can't deny he is one of the all time great locks. I'd rate him higher than Martin Johnson.

No one flukes that many caps
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05/02/2021 12:35:30 5 1
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Thats a statement showing a distinct lack of rugby knowledge, unless of course you were attempting some humour.
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05/02/2021 12:23:04 27 2
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Davies best chance of another Lions tour is missing the 6 Nations. Same would’ve been said for AWJ and even Sexton in the opposing lineup.

Been great players but time catches up with us all!
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06/02/2021 11:31:08 1 0
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Disagree .. I think all three of those 'legends' need a big 6N to make the squad. AWJ & Sexton are both coming back from injury and are lacking game time. JD has simply not been playing well at all. Gats is not sentimental, he will only pick players who he thinks can do a job for him; ask BOD!! Best of luck for Sunday boys! .. we're with you all the way.
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05/02/2021 12:15:09 14 5
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The Sheriff returns!!!
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05/02/2021 12:23:05 3 2
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He’s certainly great value on the podcast!
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05/02/2021 12:22:09 4 1
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I am confused , the report says Jonathon Davies isn’t playing , the team list says he is . BBC please clarify !
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05/02/2021 12:23:44 1 1
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That is what I have asked
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05/02/2021 12:23:54 5 2
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I may have to watch from behind the settee ??Wishing you pob lwc boys ????
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05/02/2021 12:24:10 1 6
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Who has written this garbage. The copy has no alignment with the team listed. Who is in the centre? Williams or Davies???
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05/02/2021 12:24:25 7 8
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Excellent news for the referee now that he has an on pitch assistant.
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05/02/2021 12:49:07 0 2
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Make that assistant(s), I can count at least four without thinking too hard .
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05/02/2021 12:22:37 7 10
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chronically overrated. hope he starts against england
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05/02/2021 12:24:36 5 6
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but desperately hope he doesn't get in the lions team ahead of ryan/gray/lawes/my nan
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05/02/2021 12:25:24 7 2
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I'm looking forward to seeing Sheedy come off the bench when a bit of creativity is needed at 10.

I like Dan Biggar, but he's not the way forward.
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05/02/2021 12:30:18 3 1
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Agree, he controls games for Brizz and is very cool under pressure. Would be great to see him get a start at some stage of the tournament and show is value to a different brand of rugby
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05/02/2021 12:32:02 2 1
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Should have started with JE at 10 and Biggar on the bench, disappointed to say the least, still good enough to bt the Irish with there past their sell by date 1/2 backs, but not forward thinking enough for me with Biggar starting
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05/02/2021 12:26:01 34 34
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That is a very poor Welsh team. Too many aged players. The only ones from that squad which would make the lions squad would be Tipuric, Falatau , and possibly both scrum halves. Ireland will be licking their lips. AWJ should retire gracefully, he so far off the pace it's unbelievable. Welsh ruby has hit rock bottom I'm afraid.
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05/02/2021 12:28:42 10 8
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You’ll probably get pelters for this but on current form it’s not far wrong!
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05/02/2021 13:23:02 4 3
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Probably best to say nothing and comment later Sunday afternoon if necessary! Hopefully we wont be hearing from you then!
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05/02/2021 13:27:42 0 5
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Possible Lions tourists - Francis, AWJ maybe, Beard, Wainwright, Navidi, Tomos Williams, Gareth Davies, J.Williams, Adams, North, Liam Williams, any of the 10s as a 3rd choice tourist. If Macloed gets his chance, he would surprise many, although he is up against probably the best 7 in World Rugby.
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05/02/2021 18:19:02 0 1
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I hope none of them make the Lions squad...too much attrition, too many injuries...no need to carry the Lions (disproportionately) again and return crocked. Let those with the player resources England and Ireland carry the burden for a change...and see what happens!
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05/02/2021 22:35:59 0 1
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The annual armchair experts have wheeled themselves out for the 6 nations....
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05/02/2021 12:26:27 79 5
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Good! All teams named and ready to go. Something to look forward to for 7/8 weeks.
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05/02/2021 15:20:32 4 2
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Well, it would be preferable to be tipsy when watching some of them, I'm sure.
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05/02/2021 12:26:53 5 2
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Why persist with North at centre when we're already missing one of our top wingers and have plenty of decent players available in that position already. Ireland are not a team to try experiments against.
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05/02/2021 12:34:59 3 4
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Yep! Owen Watkin at 13 for me
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05/02/2021 12:27:11 0 4
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I thought Jonathan Davies was injured , so why is he in the team?
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PWL
05/02/2021 12:32:24 2 1
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He is injured, so he isn't in the team!
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05/02/2021 12:34:05 0 1
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He is injured and not in the team, unless I've read through the team too quickly! :-)
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05/02/2021 12:22:37 7 10
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chronically overrated. hope he starts against england
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05/02/2021 12:27:41 7 4
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Erm I'm English and can't deny he is one of the all time great locks. I'd rate him higher than Martin Johnson.

No one flukes that many caps
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05/02/2021 12:33:25 2 10
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well 'matt', if that is your real name, I'm welsh and I think he's not very good at rugby
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05/02/2021 12:43:07 1 4
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You'd rate AWJ ahead of World Cup winning Captain, Premiership winning Captain and European winning Captain Johnson?

I think you need to have a think about that.
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05/02/2021 12:28:30 3 7
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I thought he had retired tbh.

Probably be for the best if he did actually. It's a young man's game
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05/02/2021 12:26:01 34 34
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That is a very poor Welsh team. Too many aged players. The only ones from that squad which would make the lions squad would be Tipuric, Falatau , and possibly both scrum halves. Ireland will be licking their lips. AWJ should retire gracefully, he so far off the pace it's unbelievable. Welsh ruby has hit rock bottom I'm afraid.
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05/02/2021 12:28:42 10 8
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You’ll probably get pelters for this but on current form it’s not far wrong!
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05/02/2021 12:28:56 7 8
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Best attacking 10 in Europe and not even in the 23, disgraceful that Jarrod Evans isn't starting and not even on the bench
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05/02/2021 12:44:30 9 1
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Outstanding comment, can’t wait for the bites on this!!!

I’ll set them up: Russell, Smith, Ntamack, Jalibert, maybe even Sheedy. That’s without thinking...
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05/02/2021 12:46:38 3 1
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"Best attacking 10 in Europe" - you're having a laugh
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05/02/2021 12:29:23 4 5
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The team selection is taking this wales team backwards. Why not try another combination and bring AWJ on if needed at the death...
Awful management.
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05/02/2021 14:40:34 0 1
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Exactly my thoughts, rather than chop or change his partner, try a complete combination so they get time to gel.
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05/02/2021 12:25:24 7 2
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I'm looking forward to seeing Sheedy come off the bench when a bit of creativity is needed at 10.

I like Dan Biggar, but he's not the way forward.
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05/02/2021 12:30:18 3 1
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Agree, he controls games for Brizz and is very cool under pressure. Would be great to see him get a start at some stage of the tournament and show is value to a different brand of rugby
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HarHar, awful selection. Hope the Spuds smash the Leeks! Removed
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05/02/2021 12:44:06 3 1
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What a wag you are! No wonder your partner left you.
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05/02/2021 12:30:52 15 4
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I'm optimistic however props will have to put in a big shift as there is not much on the bench to replace them. Plenty of experience on the pitch and great to see Navidi back.
Dewch mlaen Cymry!!!
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05/02/2021 13:31:22 0 1
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Rhodri Jones is a fine looshead, although the Irish tight head options are possibly the best around, especially in scrum. Much will depend how the ref interprets it. Jones is a tall loose head at 6'3, he will do well tp hold his ground and not get separated.
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05/02/2021 12:31:17 3 8
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Oh no not Bigger again, might as well pick my dad on the wing, good luck boys you will need it. No vision no attack. Good bunch up front.
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05/02/2021 12:53:03 3 2
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And no doubt you are an expert. What a k n o b
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05/02/2021 12:53:33 0 1
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And I think you left the R out of your username lol
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05/02/2021 12:31:59 19 6
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Well, at least Matthew Carley will be employed in Italy at the weekend.

Every time he referees a Wales match Biggar (whom I otherwise rate) just does not shut up and his arms flap enough for him to almost attain lift-off.
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05/02/2021 12:25:24 7 2
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I'm looking forward to seeing Sheedy come off the bench when a bit of creativity is needed at 10.

I like Dan Biggar, but he's not the way forward.
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05/02/2021 12:32:02 2 1
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Should have started with JE at 10 and Biggar on the bench, disappointed to say the least, still good enough to bt the Irish with there past their sell by date 1/2 backs, but not forward thinking enough for me with Biggar starting
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05/02/2021 13:26:53 0 1
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'still good enough to bt the Irish with there past their sell by date 1/2 backs...'

Hilarious. Past their sell by date - says the fan of a team that has just 'pepped' up their starting 15 by bringing back a 34 year old hooker; a 33 year old blindside; and virtually hiring a golf cart to get their 35 year old captain onto the pitch.
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Mal
05/02/2021 12:32:17 9 8
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At least we’ll be in with a chance against Italy.
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Mal
05/02/2021 12:39:50 4 4
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Who marked my post down, surely you don’t think we’ll lose to Italy as well?
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05/02/2021 14:04:16 0 1
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No guarantee that this Welsh team will beat Italy.

The spark has gone as have the legs of the old guard.

I would say transition, but there is zero talent coming through regional rugby. Unfortunately.

I am afraid it’s cultural in South Wales, and there is absolutely no money!
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CM1
05/02/2021 12:21:59 28 4
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Probably not far off the best team we can select (from what is available this week). My main concerns are: a) the lack of depth in the front row, and, b) lack of creativity in midfield. I hope Jarrod Evans gets a game at some point in the tournament but understand why this isn't necessarily the game to throw him in. Behind the boys all the way though....Dere 'mlaen Cymru
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05/02/2021 12:32:18 17 7
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Jarrod Evans should be starting this game.By far best o/h in Wales on current form.
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05/02/2021 15:33:23 0 1
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Spot on, Dai. Biggar simply does not possess the ability to play running rugby. He fitted Gatland's style but poses no threat in attack. Picking him as first choice will result in more defeats and ultimately cost Pivac his job.
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05/02/2021 16:50:03 1 1
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JE best in Wales, yes. But Biggar is not in Wales
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05/02/2021 12:27:11 0 4
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I thought Jonathan Davies was injured , so why is he in the team?
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PWL
05/02/2021 12:32:24 2 1
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He is injured, so he isn't in the team!
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05/02/2021 12:33:24 2 3
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best back row we have currently with Navidi to come off the bench just not sure about AWJ lasting long or getting up to speed at international level after so long out?
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05/02/2021 12:27:41 7 4
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Erm I'm English and can't deny he is one of the all time great locks. I'd rate him higher than Martin Johnson.

No one flukes that many caps
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05/02/2021 12:33:25 2 10
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well 'matt', if that is your real name, I'm welsh and I think he's not very good at rugby
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05/02/2021 12:27:11 0 4
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I thought Jonathan Davies was injured , so why is he in the team?
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05/02/2021 12:34:05 0 1
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He is injured and not in the team, unless I've read through the team too quickly! :-)
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05/02/2021 12:34:24 3 1
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??
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05/02/2021 12:26:53 5 2
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Why persist with North at centre when we're already missing one of our top wingers and have plenty of decent players available in that position already. Ireland are not a team to try experiments against.
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05/02/2021 12:34:59 3 4
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Yep! Owen Watkin at 13 for me
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05/02/2021 14:11:54 0 2
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I'd prefer Nick Tompkins at 13 with North moving out to the wing instead of Amos
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05/02/2021 18:23:40 0 1
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Agree...opportunity missed!
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05/02/2021 12:22:37 7 10
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chronically overrated. hope he starts against england
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05/02/2021 12:35:30 5 1
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Thats a statement showing a distinct lack of rugby knowledge, unless of course you were attempting some humour.
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05/02/2021 12:35:34 6 3
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Some understandably nervous comments, but this is a half decent team and bench, so let's see how they go?
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05/02/2021 12:46:56 1 3
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You've got a good sense of humour, I'll say that much for you.
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Pivac seems as much use as a one legged man in an arse kicking competition Removed
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05/02/2021 12:36:10 49 11
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Wales have 5 starters that were in the 2012 grandslam winning team, 9 years ago.

I would say this shows a lack of freshness in the Welsh team. Need to find a replacement for AWJ.
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05/02/2021 13:16:23 32 12
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Biggest problem for Wales is not age it is the lardy props who just waddle from set piece to set piece. All the great teams have props who can also carry pass and tackle.
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05/02/2021 15:43:04 3 1
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I agree. AWJ has not shown us his best form since the RWC semi-final. I fear he may not be capable of reaching that standard now. But he has been a great servant to Wales though.
"Need to find a replacement for AWJ."

I think Ned the Donkey from Rhossili is available at the moment. Ok, he is over 40 years old, but still will be faster than AWJ, and probably will drop the ball less too.
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06/02/2021 15:26:05 1 1
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Wales always rely on past glories for players. AWJ might inspire, but only from the back like Captain Mainwaring, because he can't keep up with the game today; it is much too fast for him.

Yes he will pop up now and then but only because the play has moved so fast it has returned to where he is still pondering about like an overweight prop.

He is half the player he was six or seven years ago.
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05/02/2021 12:36:19 1 8
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North in centre again?!
He's past it as a wing, too many concussions and as a centre Internationally he'll be out classed plus Aki likely to smash him into next week.
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05/02/2021 12:51:23 3 2
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Little Aki going to smash george north? What planet do you live on, I bet you must eat a lot of rainbow marsh mallows
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05/02/2021 12:30:52 15 4
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I'm optimistic however props will have to put in a big shift as there is not much on the bench to replace them. Plenty of experience on the pitch and great to see Navidi back.
Dewch mlaen Cymry!!!
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05/02/2021 12:33:25 2 10
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well 'matt', if that is your real name, I'm welsh and I think he's not very good at rugby
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05/02/2021 12:36:51 17 13
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I believe Gareth Edwards, Barry John and JPR are next.

AWJ's days are gone, it's just Wales have so little in reserve, and that is mostly their own doing by never resting him and playing anyone else.

Self fulfilling prophecy.
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05/02/2021 15:31:16 2 3
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I agree with you, too much reliance on AWJ since 2015 World Cup, hardly his fault though is it? His greatest attribute has been his ability to adapt, playing front jumper, middle jumper or back of the lineout marker for the Lions on last NZ tour. Like O'Connell, his intellect has carried him, very rare in modern second row forwards. Even Itoje has had to adapt though Etzebeth alone has his number.
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05/02/2021 12:37:19 17 10
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Taxi for Pivac!
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05/02/2021 12:37:38 2 2
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If you ignore recent form, on paper that looks a pretty decent to me so will all depend on how much confidence they play with. Think the back row selection is a rea;lay sensible one particularly with Navidi to come off the bench. Centre pairing looks pwerful but maybe a bit inexperienced defensively at international level - will be interesting to see if Ireland try exploit that.
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05/02/2021 12:44:55 2 2
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George North has shown some form but on the wing. I think the Irish will try to exploit his relative inexperience at centre and slow turning ability. Can see plenty of kicks over the top, meaning 1/2p's positioning has to be spot on.
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05/02/2021 12:39:27 14 17
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As good as he once was (and that's not as good as the Wales loving rugby media will have you believe) Wales will not move forward until they drop AWJ. Furthermore it will be a joke if he gets in the Lions (but fully expected with WG's record of picking undeserving Welsh locks). At least he has had plenty of practice for his future career as a ref - he thinks he has been one for the last 5 years
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Ian
05/02/2021 12:44:19 9 1
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I think all captains challenge the refs. Eg Sexton Farrell Parisee Hooper Read etc etc
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05/02/2021 12:49:23 5 1
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What an absolute load of bow locks, you are clearly a Tottenham supporter.
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05/02/2021 12:54:54 0 1
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The thing is who do you pick instead that is better?...
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Rob
05/02/2021 13:17:26 1 1
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All experienced players comment to the ref and like to ref the game. Every country has them.
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Mal
05/02/2021 12:32:17 9 8
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At least we’ll be in with a chance against Italy.
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Mal
05/02/2021 12:39:50 4 4
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Who marked my post down, surely you don’t think we’ll lose to Italy as well?
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05/02/2021 12:39:52 0 4
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I can’t see Ireland beating Wales. Not with the coaching set up. Poor
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05/02/2021 12:46:45 2 1
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Fortunately, the coaches do not have to play.
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05/02/2021 12:40:39 2 1
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Enjoy the rugby chat before the amoeba squad arrive with their predictable drivel. Amoeba as in one brain cell between them.
Back on Earth, I count 7 players who are 30 or more, but we'll see. Would have liked JEvans to start.
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05/02/2021 12:56:32 0 1
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I was agreeing with you but it got removed.
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05/02/2021 12:40:52 2 2
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I like the pack. It’s solid with a Navidi to come on. But why Amos? He is not up to it. I assume that in H2 North goes back onto the wing and Tomkins and sheedy come on. Plenty of fire power, but by then the props and AWJ will be knackered and they will have no ball to play with. Typical
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05/02/2021 12:48:44 2 3
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I agree entirely. Amos is not international class.hes had so many chances.north at centre no no.tried before.disaster.
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05/02/2021 13:02:32 0 1
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That's why you have a substitute front row :D

As for AWJ - he may look knackered but he's clearly one of those players who has an engine that just doesn't stop
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05/02/2021 12:41:33 29 6
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I see 'regional' rugby continues to impress with its 'strength in depth'.
Well, it does for Ireland. It's been hopelessly mismanaged in Wales, and yet again we're picking players out of position, players returning from injury and players who are too long in the tooth. Meanwhile, the club game withers and dies - even before Covid it was on its knees.

Ireland will have to work some to throw this.
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05/02/2021 12:45:52 6 2
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Ireland's bench is looking strong which is always a good indicator of competition for places.
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05/02/2021 12:47:51 4 1
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Resources very different, Irish rugby has excellent backing, more than any other 6n country, and with a pre professional structure that leant itself well to the pro era.
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05/02/2021 15:10:13 0 2
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I take it your a supporter then?
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05/02/2021 17:46:54 0 1
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I agree with you that Ireland are hot favourites.... but who would you substitute in your selection?
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05/02/2021 12:42:42 10 11
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Can Wales avoid the wooden spoon?
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Do bears eat porridge?
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05/02/2021 12:58:43 0 1
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yes they can
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05/02/2021 12:27:41 7 4
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Erm I'm English and can't deny he is one of the all time great locks. I'd rate him higher than Martin Johnson.

No one flukes that many caps
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05/02/2021 12:43:07 1 4
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You'd rate AWJ ahead of World Cup winning Captain, Premiership winning Captain and European winning Captain Johnson?

I think you need to have a think about that.
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JS
05/02/2021 15:48:44 0 2
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Amen.
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05/02/2021 23:06:35 0 1
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Yes!!!!! In the modern era it is a very different sport and AWJ has many achievements to his name too (and still playing.) Despite MJ being an absolute beast and warrior in his day I would take AWJ over MJ any day of the week.
HarHar, awful selection. Hope the Spuds smash the Leeks! Removed
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05/02/2021 12:44:06 3 1
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What a wag you are! No wonder your partner left you.
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05/02/2021 12:39:27 14 17
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As good as he once was (and that's not as good as the Wales loving rugby media will have you believe) Wales will not move forward until they drop AWJ. Furthermore it will be a joke if he gets in the Lions (but fully expected with WG's record of picking undeserving Welsh locks). At least he has had plenty of practice for his future career as a ref - he thinks he has been one for the last 5 years
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Ian
05/02/2021 12:44:19 9 1
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I think all captains challenge the refs. Eg Sexton Farrell Parisee Hooper Read etc etc
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05/02/2021 12:49:23 2 6
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Challenge, not disrespect like Biggar cl0wn does.
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05/02/2021 12:49:44 2 1
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Yup, it’s part of the job description
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05/02/2021 12:28:56 7 8
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Best attacking 10 in Europe and not even in the 23, disgraceful that Jarrod Evans isn't starting and not even on the bench
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05/02/2021 12:44:30 9 1
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Outstanding comment, can’t wait for the bites on this!!!

I’ll set them up: Russell, Smith, Ntamack, Jalibert, maybe even Sheedy. That’s without thinking...
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05/02/2021 23:46:32 0 1
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Sexton...
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Can Wales avoid the wooden spoon?
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Do bears eat porridge?
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R the English arrogant?
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no they dont
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05/02/2021 12:37:38 2 2
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If you ignore recent form, on paper that looks a pretty decent to me so will all depend on how much confidence they play with. Think the back row selection is a rea;lay sensible one particularly with Navidi to come off the bench. Centre pairing looks pwerful but maybe a bit inexperienced defensively at international level - will be interesting to see if Ireland try exploit that.
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05/02/2021 12:44:55 2 2
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George North has shown some form but on the wing. I think the Irish will try to exploit his relative inexperience at centre and slow turning ability. Can see plenty of kicks over the top, meaning 1/2p's positioning has to be spot on.
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05/02/2021 12:41:33 29 6
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I see 'regional' rugby continues to impress with its 'strength in depth'.
Well, it does for Ireland. It's been hopelessly mismanaged in Wales, and yet again we're picking players out of position, players returning from injury and players who are too long in the tooth. Meanwhile, the club game withers and dies - even before Covid it was on its knees.

Ireland will have to work some to throw this.
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05/02/2021 12:45:52 6 2
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Ireland's bench is looking strong which is always a good indicator of competition for places.
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05/02/2021 12:48:58 2 1
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Indeed, I reckon on his last few games Gibson Park stronger player now than Murray. Murray like Sexton was one of best in world couple years ago, not any more.
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05/02/2021 12:28:56 7 8
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Best attacking 10 in Europe and not even in the 23, disgraceful that Jarrod Evans isn't starting and not even on the bench
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05/02/2021 12:46:38 3 1
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"Best attacking 10 in Europe" - you're having a laugh
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05/02/2021 12:39:52 0 4
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I can’t see Ireland beating Wales. Not with the coaching set up. Poor
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05/02/2021 12:46:45 2 1
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Fortunately, the coaches do not have to play.
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05/02/2021 12:46:54 4 8
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Hoping for an Ireland win
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05/02/2021 12:35:34 6 3
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Some understandably nervous comments, but this is a half decent team and bench, so let's see how they go?
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05/02/2021 12:46:56 1 3
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You've got a good sense of humour, I'll say that much for you.
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05/02/2021 12:46:58 3 4
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Grand Slam decider right here folks
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PWL
05/02/2021 12:40:39 2 1
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Enjoy the rugby chat before the amoeba squad arrive with their predictable drivel. Amoeba as in one brain cell between them.
Back on Earth, I count 7 players who are 30 or more, but we'll see. Would have liked JEvans to start.
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05/02/2021 12:41:33 29 6
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I see 'regional' rugby continues to impress with its 'strength in depth'.
Well, it does for Ireland. It's been hopelessly mismanaged in Wales, and yet again we're picking players out of position, players returning from injury and players who are too long in the tooth. Meanwhile, the club game withers and dies - even before Covid it was on its knees.

Ireland will have to work some to throw this.
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05/02/2021 12:47:51 4 1
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Resources very different, Irish rugby has excellent backing, more than any other 6n country, and with a pre professional structure that leant itself well to the pro era.
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05/02/2021 12:40:52 2 2
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I like the pack. It’s solid with a Navidi to come on. But why Amos? He is not up to it. I assume that in H2 North goes back onto the wing and Tomkins and sheedy come on. Plenty of fire power, but by then the props and AWJ will be knackered and they will have no ball to play with. Typical
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05/02/2021 12:48:44 2 3
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I agree entirely. Amos is not international class.hes had so many chances.north at centre no no.tried before.disaster.
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05/02/2021 12:55:45 2 1
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When was this disaster? He's always done ok there. This should have happened years ago and he will not be world-class overnight, outside centre is the most difficult defensive position on the pitch.
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05/02/2021 13:02:00 1 1
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Played at 13 in his last Welsh outing and was one of the best players on the park. I do think Watkin is unlucky as he's been in form, but they see him more as a 12. Foxy injured and out of form, and Tompkins hasn't looked himself this season.
Amos is playing well for the Blues and has never had a proper run in the Welsh side, but I see him as a 15. Would be either Adams or Sanjay if available!!
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05/02/2021 14:09:03 0 1
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Correct. Amos is a steady club player at best.

He can do a job, but you would hope for far better options.

However wales have zero talent coming through, regional rugby is at its lowest ever point. Looks set to see that decline continue. No money and no kids playing sport.
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05/02/2021 12:45:52 6 2
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Ireland's bench is looking strong which is always a good indicator of competition for places.
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05/02/2021 12:48:58 2 1
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Indeed, I reckon on his last few games Gibson Park stronger player now than Murray. Murray like Sexton was one of best in world couple years ago, not any more.
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05/02/2021 13:19:41 1 2
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GP does add some zip coming off the bench. A bit like Care used to do for England.
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05/02/2021 12:24:25 7 8
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Excellent news for the referee now that he has an on pitch assistant.
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05/02/2021 12:49:07 0 2
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Make that assistant(s), I can count at least four without thinking too hard .
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Rob
05/02/2021 13:39:02 0 1
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And that's just on the Irish side..
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05/02/2021 12:49:13 1 1
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Certainly going to be a few quotes from the Irish media bandied about by Pivac before the game!
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05/02/2021 12:51:59 2 1
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They're already making a lot of noise... as always.
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Ian
05/02/2021 12:44:19 9 1
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I think all captains challenge the refs. Eg Sexton Farrell Parisee Hooper Read etc etc
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05/02/2021 12:49:23 2 6
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Challenge, not disrespect like Biggar cl0wn does.
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05/02/2021 12:39:27 14 17
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As good as he once was (and that's not as good as the Wales loving rugby media will have you believe) Wales will not move forward until they drop AWJ. Furthermore it will be a joke if he gets in the Lions (but fully expected with WG's record of picking undeserving Welsh locks). At least he has had plenty of practice for his future career as a ref - he thinks he has been one for the last 5 years
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05/02/2021 12:49:23 5 1
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What an absolute load of bow locks, you are clearly a Tottenham supporter.
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Ian
05/02/2021 12:44:19 9 1
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I think all captains challenge the refs. Eg Sexton Farrell Parisee Hooper Read etc etc
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05/02/2021 12:49:44 2 1
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Yup, it’s part of the job description
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05/02/2021 12:44:33 2 2
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Do bears eat porridge?
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05/02/2021 12:49:46 3 5
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R the English arrogant?
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05/02/2021 12:52:20 1 2
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No, it's just a tired old untruth dragged out by the hard of thinking.
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05/02/2021 12:52:37 1 2
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Yes but we have a reason to be. We invented Rugby. ;-)
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05/02/2021 12:56:18 0 1
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You probably need to brush up on your Thesaurus. And look at the difference between Arrogance and Confidence!!!
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05/02/2021 12:58:33 0 2
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no they arent
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05/02/2021 14:30:00 0 1
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Hell yeah we are!!!! And now that we're winning trophies again it's actually warranted.
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05/02/2021 12:50:02 6 6
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Should give Ireland a decent warm up game before they have to face France.
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05/02/2021 12:51:54 0 1
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ROFL. True though.
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tim
05/02/2021 12:51:07 1 5
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Should have included Harry Randall in the Autumn series - now lost the the charioteers.
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05/02/2021 12:53:18 4 1
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I don't think he wanted to
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05/02/2021 15:08:42 1 1
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He chose England, he make get a cap when Young's is in his forties
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05/02/2021 12:36:19 1 8
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North in centre again?!
He's past it as a wing, too many concussions and as a centre Internationally he'll be out classed plus Aki likely to smash him into next week.
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05/02/2021 12:51:23 3 2
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Little Aki going to smash george north? What planet do you live on, I bet you must eat a lot of rainbow marsh mallows
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05/02/2021 15:32:18 0 1
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Is Aki playing
I read the bbc team sheets and didn’t see his name
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05/02/2021 12:50:02 6 6
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Should give Ireland a decent warm up game before they have to face France.
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05/02/2021 12:51:54 0 1
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ROFL. True though.
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05/02/2021 13:17:08 0 1
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Didn't say they were gonna win :)
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05/02/2021 12:49:13 1 1
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Certainly going to be a few quotes from the Irish media bandied about by Pivac before the game!
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05/02/2021 12:51:59 2 1
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They're already making a lot of noise... as always.
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05/02/2021 12:52:04 2 5
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We’re going nowhere with Biggar running the back line. I’d prefer Patchell, but sadly he’s too injury-prone. Of the rest, to me, Jarrod Evans has the most potential but has had no sustained chance to prove himself either way. Whatever his faults he is the liveliest, most unpredictable 10 we have. We need to play Biggar on the bench and give consistent game time to one or each of the others now.
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05/02/2021 12:57:42 3 1
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Biggar playing very well in the Prem, not the flashiest but he has some fine qualities.
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05/02/2021 13:07:24 0 1
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Agree - JE probably needs a bit more experience at this level at the mo. I'd give Sheedy a run & have DB on the bench. I don't think Wales have won any tournaments with DB starting - only as the so called finisher
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05/02/2021 15:07:31 0 1
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I am pretty sure Jarrod will get game time
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05/02/2021 12:49:46 3 5
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R the English arrogant?
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05/02/2021 12:52:20 1 2
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No, it's just a tired old untruth dragged out by the hard of thinking.
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05/02/2021 12:49:46 3 5
bbc
R the English arrogant?
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05/02/2021 12:52:37 1 2
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Yes but we have a reason to be. We invented Rugby. ;-)
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05/02/2021 12:52:48 7 6
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Following Pivac's team announcement, the Irish team will not sleep well on Saturday night. Can you imagine the embarrassment if something went tragically wrong and you had to tell your grandkids you lost to that lot.
And I suppose you would do better? Tosser. Removed
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05/02/2021 12:31:17 3 8
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Oh no not Bigger again, might as well pick my dad on the wing, good luck boys you will need it. No vision no attack. Good bunch up front.
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05/02/2021 12:53:03 3 2
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And no doubt you are an expert. What a k n o b
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tim
05/02/2021 12:51:07 1 5
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Should have included Harry Randall in the Autumn series - now lost the the charioteers.
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05/02/2021 12:53:18 4 1
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I don't think he wanted to
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05/02/2021 12:31:17 3 8
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Oh no not Bigger again, might as well pick my dad on the wing, good luck boys you will need it. No vision no attack. Good bunch up front.
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05/02/2021 12:53:33 0 1
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And I think you left the R out of your username lol
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05/02/2021 12:53:54 2 3
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Is he still playing. He looked woefully off the pace in the last few games, time for a change and fresh players brought in......
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05/02/2021 12:56:33 2 3
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Off the pace? He was near the top of the tackle charts in every game.
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05/02/2021 15:06:21 0 1
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No he was not off the pace, he has been in fine form!!
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05/02/2021 12:52:48 7 6
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Following Pivac's team announcement, the Irish team will not sleep well on Saturday night. Can you imagine the embarrassment if something went tragically wrong and you had to tell your grandkids you lost to that lot.
And I suppose you would do better? Tosser. Removed
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05/02/2021 12:39:27 14 17
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As good as he once was (and that's not as good as the Wales loving rugby media will have you believe) Wales will not move forward until they drop AWJ. Furthermore it will be a joke if he gets in the Lions (but fully expected with WG's record of picking undeserving Welsh locks). At least he has had plenty of practice for his future career as a ref - he thinks he has been one for the last 5 years
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05/02/2021 12:54:54 0 1
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The thing is who do you pick instead that is better?...
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Rob
05/02/2021 13:17:58 0 2
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You can't, they don't qualify as they play outside Wales.
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05/02/2021 12:55:28 21 3
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Picking on form then Lydiate deserves his call up. Navidi lacking game time so it's a smart call.
North had a good game at 13 against Italy, neither Foxy nor Tompkins have shown much form but Watkin can count himself unlucky to not even be on the bench.
On a whole I like the look of this side.
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05/02/2021 12:48:44 2 3
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I agree entirely. Amos is not international class.hes had so many chances.north at centre no no.tried before.disaster.
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05/02/2021 12:55:45 2 1
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When was this disaster? He's always done ok there. This should have happened years ago and he will not be world-class overnight, outside centre is the most difficult defensive position on the pitch.
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05/02/2021 12:49:46 3 5
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R the English arrogant?
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05/02/2021 12:56:18 0 1
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You probably need to brush up on your Thesaurus. And look at the difference between Arrogance and Confidence!!!
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PWL
05/02/2021 12:40:39 2 1
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Enjoy the rugby chat before the amoeba squad arrive with their predictable drivel. Amoeba as in one brain cell between them.
Back on Earth, I count 7 players who are 30 or more, but we'll see. Would have liked JEvans to start.
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05/02/2021 12:56:32 0 1
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I was agreeing with you but it got removed.