Wales vs Ireland: What happening with all the disruption yards from the Principality Stadium ahead of Wales vs Ireland. The area next to the Principality Stadium has been subject to some disruption.
Event: Six Nations 2019
Team: Italy vs France
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Game Time: 9:45 PM ET
Italy vs France Live
Wales welcome Ireland to the Principality Stadium on Saturday hoping to set in motion what could be the biggest party the country has seen in more than a decade. Record numbers of fans are expected to arrive in Cardiff for the game, with bars stock-piling beer in anticipation of a home Grand Slam in Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations game in charge.
But Gatland is not the only New Zealander planning to leave the northern hemisphere, and Joe Schmidt will be keen to cap his own championship finale with a victory that would secure an unlikely title for Ireland if England slip up against Scotland. The visitors have already claimed a minor psychological battle after they stood firm in the face of a request from Wales to close the Principality Stadium roof.
What transpires on Saturday afternoon might now be severely weather-affected, but it will be a game you can’t take your eyes off. In seven Welsh-Irish games since Schmidt took the Ireland job, each country has won three times while the 2016 clash at the Aviva Stadium ended in a 16-16 stalemate.
Saturday isn’t the last time the two departing Kiwi coaches will come face-to-face as Wales and Ireland are scheduled to go head-to-head in back-to-back World Cup warm-up matches at the end of the summer. There is also a chance they will meet in the semi-finals in Japan. Only Ireland now stand between Wales and a first Grand Slam since 2012 on the final day of the 2019 Six Nations.
The stage is set for a spectacular finish to the Championship with three sides still in contention on Super Saturday. After wins over France, Italy, England and Scotland, the Welsh are chasing a third Grand Slam under Warren Gatland and victory – their 14th in a row in Test action – over an underperforming Ireland side will see them claim another in the New Zealander’s final year at the helm. England will be hoping for a favour from the Boys in Green, with Eddie Jones’s side in action against Scotland at Twickenham in the last game of the afternoon.