Ireland just about managed to keep the challenge of Scotland at bay last Saturday.

But reigning grand slam champions Wales offer stiffer opposition for Andy Farrell's team in Saturday's Six Nations round two fixture.

The Welsh are also coming off the back of an opening day victory - albeit against Italy - but like Ireland are also getting to grips with a new voice at the top in the shape of Wayne Pivac.

It all sets up an intriguing match-up at the Aviva Stadium with kick off at 2.15pm.


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Getting a first win under the belt was paramount for Andy Farrell last week. But for observers, a discernible shift in style was the other main thing to look out for.

Ultimately, Ireland got the win over Scotland but also left many to ponder about what had really changed stylistically and in regards to the confidence levels of a squad that had suffered a reality check in Japan just months ago.

RTÉ 2FM Game On's Donncha O'Callaghan noted a few minor changes - not all positive if the set piece is anything to go by - with the former Ireland and Munster lock highlighting a "disappointing" performance at scrum time.

Alterations in attack and exit strategy were subtle with Johnny Sexton's try being a sign of a change in mentality in the opposition '22.

But O'Callaghan's former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan saw reasons for concern, telling Against The Head that this Irish team have to start "moving away from taking teams on in attritional fashion" and play a smarter game rather than attempting to "bully" opposition teams physically.

Despite those question marks, Farrell has largely stuck with the starting team from last weekend for the visit of the Welsh.

The only changes are injury-enforced with Caelan Doris and Garry Ringrose out and Peter O'Mahony and Robbie Henshaw replacing them.

The doubts over Conor Murray at scrum-half have not gone away but he retains his place ahead of John Cooney.

"What happens when a player comes under criticism is people look for every minor error and they blow it up," O'Sullivan said of Murray's performance against the Scots on the RTÉ Rugby Podcast.

"I think he's been over-criticised. I still don't think he's out-playing Cooney. I still think Cooney is the better bet at the moment and that's what all the heat is about really.

"But I thought [Murray] did okay. He still hasn't changed gears for me. Some of his kicks were poor and again, he didn't really threaten around the fringes.

"So I think he's flat-lined in his performance. Now, he's still a very good scrum-half but we're talking about comparing him to another guy who's playing out of his socks." 

By the time Saturday afternoon is over, we may have a better indication about Murray's grip on the nine jersey.


While Farrell's first win fell somewhere between adequate and satisfactory in many observers' eyes, Wales made light work of their trip to Italy as they won 42-0.

Given the weakness of the opposition, drawing too many hard conclusions from Pivac's opening match in charge of Wales would be unwise, although Wales Online rugby correspondent Simon Thomas did tell the RTÉ Rugby Podcast that the defensive showing in Cardiff in the absence of departed defence coach Shaun Edwards marked "an impressive start" from that perspective.

They are clearly more confident about where they are at compared to their Irish counterparts before they land in Dublin.

And former Ospreys coach Sean Holley picked up on "marked changes" which he explained to Game On on Wednesday.

One is more of a running game which they employed against Italy in the counter-attack but also a potential for improvement in the scrum after appointing a new forwards coach.

Given Ireland struggled in that very department against Scotland, it will be interesting to see if Wales target that themselves.

Follow Ireland v Wales (kick-off 2.15pm) on Saturday via our live blog on and the News Now app or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport. Highlights on Against the Head, Monday at 8pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.