Six Nations 2018: Taulupe Faletau and Dan Biggar fit for Wales


The Wales coach, who will oversee his 100th Test for the country when they take on Ireland in Saturday's Six Nations clash, has the tendency to be gloriously blunt at times and the 54-year-old was in no mood for mincing his words on Tuesday.

Gatland coached Murray and Sexton in the last two British & Irish Lions tours and laid down an early marker to the pair knowing full well the quality they possess.

"We have got to put Conor and his kicking game under pressure", Gatland said after naming his team (Joe Schmidt will wait until Thursday to unveil his line-up). Our line-speed defensively has got to be good.

Biggar features for the first time since he was hurt during the Ospreys' European Champions Cup defeat against Clermont Auvergne last month, while Williams suffered an abdominal injury during the autumn campaign and has not played for Wales since they beat Georgia in November. We have got to be physical against them up-front and stop the running power of someone like CJ Stander, and stop allowing Murray and Sexton to dominate the game.

"The New Zealand tour was the second-best result there in Lions history, and if you look at New Zealand over the past 20 or 30 years, they haven't lost at Eden Park and we got a draw there".

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Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar have all returned to the Welsh XV in a bid to combat the pin-point kicking of Ireland half-backs Murray and Sexton. We have to be prepared to be pretty physical against them.

"Ireland ground out a win in France". When we have been in tough situations, he knows how to get that extra couple of per cent out of you.

In addition, the return of two other Lions, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny, ought to make Wales much stronger in the aerial contest, with George North on the bench along with Gareth Anscombe, as Steff Evans is retained and Patchell misses out.

"We have to win the next game and keep winning, but bonus points have been crucial for us". "

"We don't want to use the fact that we have won two (Games this year) to try build up to a false sense of being complacent, where we're certainly not.


Halfpenny, L. Williams, S. Williams, Parkes, S. Evans, Biggar, G. Davies; R. Evans, Owens, Lee, Hill, A.W. Jones (captain), Shingler, Navidi, Moriarty.