wales geared to face ‘arguably the best side in the world’

10:00    13 Mar 2019

Robin McBryde
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says the Dragons are prepared to face “arguably the best side in world rugby” when they host Ireland in their final Six Nations Championship match on Saturday.

Wales need a win to secure the title and clinch a third Grand Slam for coach Warren Gatland, while a defeat for the hosts in Cardiff would open the door for either England or Ireland to sneak into first place at the death.

The match is given further depth by the fact that it is the final Six Nations game in charge for both Gatland and his Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt.

"We know it will be a big test for us," Wales assistant coach McBryde said.

"We have put ourselves in a great position, and it's a chance in a lifetime for some of these boys, and that is not lost on anybody.

"We are facing arguably the best side in world rugby to do that on the weekend. It would be no mean feat in the Six Nations, and games can be decided on small margins and decisions.

"We have done exceptionally well to put us in this position, but it won't mean anything if we don't finish the job on the weekend.

"New Zealand have not played for a while, but I would say they (Ireland) are the team to beat at the moment.

"The (Wales and Ireland) players are familiar with each other, having been on numerous British and Irish Lions tours together.

"With that familiarity there is a respect for each other, and it brings an extra edge. It is a lot more personal when you want to beat the guy you know, and that will be the case on Saturday.

"There will be a lot of personal battles and scores to settle, and hopefully we will have some rugby being played as well.

"Both teams are used to playing on the big stage when something is at stake, and once you have tasted success you know there is no secret formula to it."

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