Welsh Media Identifies Three Weaknesses In Ireland’s Team For Tomorrow

Marked men.

Ireland and Wales are set for a heavyweight Six Nations showdown tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, that promises to be a fiery affair.

While Joe Schmidt’s men head into the game undefeated in this year’s competition, they do so without a number of key players. First it was Josh van der Flier, then Robbie Henshaw, then Furlong and finally Iain Henderson.

Add this to already being without the likes of Jared Payne, Garry Ringrose and Sean O’Brien, and you’ve got an Ireland team missing some really big names.

Wales meanwhile, are the complete opposite. They came into the tournament with a number of players out, but have been lucky enough to welcome most of them back for the Ireland game. Namely Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and playmaker Dan Biggar.

That being said, WalesOnline have highlighted three men who Gatland’s men could potentially target tomorrow.

Andrew Porter.

“The powerful 22-year-old will be making just his fifth senior start at tight-head having started his career on the opposite side of a scrum. Rob Evans will be hoping to take advantage to give Wales a set-piece edge.”

Chris Farrell.

“There has been much consternation across the Irish Sea about the absence of Robbie Henshaw from the Ireland midfield.

Garry Ringrose has returned to fitness from an ankle issue, but it is Munster’s Farrell, who made an impressive Test debut in the autumn, who gets the nod alongside Bundee Aki.

“I thought he was really good against Argentina and I think he showed there’s a bit more to Chris Farrell than a bludgeon – nice soft skills and a tight pass,” was the recent assessment of Joe Schmidt.

That said, Wales will sense a weakness in an inexperienced Irish midfield.”

Jacob Stockdale

“Was exposed by Teddy Thomas’ solo try in Paris and there have been questions raised in Ireland over potential defensive flaws.”

What do you think? Do they have a point? Let us know in the comments.

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