Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Will Greenwood says Warren Gatland could be remembered as Wales' greatest coach

Will Greenwood says Warren Gatland could be remembered as Wales' greatest coach

Ireland will show Wales the respect they deserve in their final Six Nations game but believe they can snap their 13-match unbeaten run and deny them a Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday, flyhalf Johnny Sexton has said.

Ireland produced their best performance of the Championship by far, with a four try bonus point win over France at the Aviva Stadium last time out, and perhaps there's been no better time for tails to be up going into a weekend, where there's a slight chance of retaining their crown they won in Twickenham in an un-forgettable 2018.

"There was so much good in it".

Joe Schmidt says Ireland will need more than a 50-minute performance if they are to scupper Welsh Grand Slam plans in Cardiff next Saturday.

'My dad rang me after the (Scotland) game when we were having a drink in the hotel and we were both thinking the same thing, ' said Anscombe.

No coach in history has masterminded three Five or Six Nations clean sweeps, but Gatland is now 80 minutes away from potentially achieving that.

"He really does leave no doubt in your mind that the team will get the job done". You do not want to be the underdog.

If Ireland win, then England can take the championship for the third time in four years by beating Scotland, regardless of bonus points and, nearly certainly, regardless of score.

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"It's going to be a humdinger of a game because Ireland have not been at their best", said the 2003 World Cup victor.

He toured with the British and Irish Lions twice, and has played in three Rugby World Cups.

"He has got to go down as Wales' best coach", said Anscombe, whose parents will travel from New Zealand to watch Saturday's Cardiff encounter.

"It's a very, very truncated week for us and very short preparation so it will be a lot less about Wales than it will be about us just trying to get ourselves organised and ready to go".

'For us to be where we are at, with 13 wins in a row, it's nice maybe to be able to look back one day and say you were part of that. The GUINNESS is brand is also a proud sponsor of the Women's Six Nations Championship.

"Players like Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Hadleigh Parkes - who was a Welsh version of Terry Butcher; bloodied, headbanded and just throwing himself at these Scottish trains that were charging towards him - they were spectacular".

'It is important we soak up the atmosphere but try and take out a bit of the emotional side of things and do not get too caught up in the occasion. I am sure he will know the buttons to push this week. But, our expectation is that he will be training fully on Tuesday and, if he is, he is another guy who will be back in the mix for this weekend'.

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