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Wales brings back Sam Costelow and plans to cause disruption against Ireland in the Six Nations.
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Wales brings back Sam Costelow and plans to cause disruption against Ireland in the Six Nations.

According to Rob Howley, Wales will attempt to disrupt the game of rugby when they go up against Ireland on Saturday, despite the odds being against them. In Dublin, Wales has not emerged victorious against Ireland in a Six Nations match since 2012, with one tie and four losses in the following games.

Ireland are chasing back-to-back grand slams – a feat never previously achieved in the Six Nations – and have taken pole position following emphatic bonus-point victories over France and Italy.

If Andy Farrell’s team defeats Wales, they will tie the current record set by England seven years ago for most consecutive Six Nations wins at 11.

Our goal is to keep our opponents on edge and constantly push them out of their comfort zone, by asking them new and challenging questions,” stated Howley, the assistant coach for Wales. “We believe we can thrive in a chaotic game and really test their organization. We want to disrupt their rhythm and see how they handle pressure, as everyone responds differently to it.”

On Saturday, we need to generate pressure on both teams throughout the 80 one-minute games. If we can do this, it will be a fair match between 23 players on each side. Our success hinges on our ability to create pressure and execute with precision. We may only have a few chances, but we must be precise and unforgiving. When facing an undefeated world-class team, we must be at our best.

The fly-half Sam Costelow has been recalled to the Wales starting lineup for Saturday’s clash. The Scarlets No 10 went off with a neck problem when Wales were beaten 27-26 by opening Six Nations opponents Scotland.

Ioan Lloyd took over his position and played as fly-half during the game against England at Twickenham. However, Costelow has since returned in the only change made from that match.

In other areas, there are additional opportunities for new squad members Cameron Winnett and Alex Mann, while centre George North earns his 120th cap and joins Alun Wyn Jones and Gethin Jenkins as the only Wales players to reach that milestone.

Mackenzie Martin, a 20-year-old back-row forward from Cardiff, who is in his first full season of professional rugby, will be featured on the substitutes’ bench. Although he has only played nine times for Cardiff, he is now expected to make his Test debut at the Aviva Stadium.

From 2008 to 2019, Howley was the attack coach for Wales. After being banned for violating betting regulations, he has returned to work with the national team this season. He had to take a break from the sport leading up to the 2019 World Cup when his betting actions were discovered, resulting in an 18-month suspension from rugby, with half of it being suspended.

I am extremely thankful to the coaches, especially Warren Gatland, for considering me and welcoming me back to the team. Whenever I have been spending time with my family, it is the first time in a while that my daughters have been able to smile. The support from the public has been incredible and I feel fortunate and happy to be in a position that I have always enjoyed for a significant amount of time.

Doris is scheduled to compete against Wales.

Caelan Doris, Ireland’s back-rower, is anticipated to be completely healthy for the upcoming match against Wales, despite not participating in Tuesday’s training session. The 25-year-old experienced some minor injuries while leading his team to victory against Italy.

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Hugo Keenan, the full-back, has not been able to train due to a knee injury sustained against the Azzurri. However, he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his readiness for the match in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Irish Independent, during a press conference, the defence coach Simon Easterby stated that the plan at the beginning of the week was for Caelan to not train in order to manage him.

“We anticipate him being able to participate in full training tomorrow without any problems. He may have a few minor injuries, but they are mostly just minor bumps and bruises. It seems like he sustained a few physical blows during the game against Italy, but he is recovering well. However, we do need to be mindful of managing him in a few specific areas.”

Caelan Doris carries the ball against ItalyView image in fullscreen

Keenan has consistently held the position of Ireland’s full-back for the past three years. When asked about the current status of the 27-year-old, Easterby stated that it is similar to Caelan’s situation. Hugo has been a crucial member of the team since his debut a few years ago, so it is crucial that we allow him the chance to demonstrate his fitness. However, we are also eagerly anticipating the potential opportunities that may arise if he is unable to play.

On Thursday afternoon, Ireland’s head coach, Farrell, is expected to announce his team. However, there is uncertainty as he sustained a foot injury on Sunday while playing for Ulster in their 19-17 loss to Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship.

Easterby stated that a decision will be made on Wednesday regarding the fitness of Keenan, Doris, and Henderson. He emphasized the importance of not waiting until the last minute, especially for someone like Caelan. Additionally, he wants to ensure that the potential starters have enough time to prepare.

Source: theguardian.com