Eddie Jones: Wales look exhausted for Six Nations decider

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Eddie Jones ignited a cross-border war of words before tomorrow's Guinness Six Nations climax by claiming that Wales's bid to win the grand slam is running out of steam.

England still have hopes of silverware, but they need to beat Scotland at Twickenham, while also requiring an Ireland victory over Wales.

"And they chose closed, but made the field incredibly wet at the start of the game".

'What the hell is Eddie Jones doing talking about our game?' laughed Gatland. If it was me, I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland. I've got no comment on Eddie Jones talking about us.

"If you look at the stats England have made a hell of a lot more tackles than us in this tournament".

"My advice to Eddie is to concentrate on the Scotland match".

Wales are bidding for what would be a third Grand Slam under Gatland in what is his final Six Nations campaign before he steps down after the World Cup in Japan in November.

"I even get more of a buzz when people write us off, which has happened on a number of occasions before". It's about building belief and confidence in the players.

"We want to be the best team in the world and we know we're not the best team in the world, but we have got an opportunity on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to show that we're the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world, and we're not going to miss that opportunity".

"It's pretty clear - they've made an appeal to the Six Nations, we're part of the Six Nations, we have to see what they decide now".

"If you want something bad enough and you really believe it can happen, then it often does".

The Ireland backline includes in-form winger Keith Earls who will win his 77th cap in this game, while scrum-half Conor Murray again partners Jonathan Sexton at half-back.

"We had a training run on Wednesday which in terms of all the Global Positioning System was by far our most impressive", he said. "We put Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell under pressure, and Conor and Johnny are key. There is no doubt that when Johnny gets front-foot ball he controls the game exceptionally well".

"There's been a request from Wales that in the interest of the quality of the game and the very poor weather forecast that the roof be closed", said Schmidt. You look at opposition 10s and where their strengths are, and you try to negate some of those strengths.

Jones said he had "a good plan in place" for the 21-year-old and that "he'll be ready by the World Cup".