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

Leigh Halfpenny is ready to return to the fold after missing the England defeat through illness

Leigh Halfpenny is ready to return to the fold after missing the England defeat through illness

WALES HEAD COACH Warren Gatland will demand that his side attack Ireland's strengths during what will be the Kiwi's 100th match in charge.

It might be easier said than done, given their continued prolific form for Ireland and the Warren Gatland-coached British & Irish Lions in New Zealand last summer.

"We are targeting a bonus-point win this weekend against Ireland so hopefully we can score some tries and come away with a good win".

Taulupe Faletau is available for selection after missing the first two weeks of the Six Nations
Taulupe Faletau is available for selection after missing the first two weeks of the Six Nations

If Wales are to have any chance of lifting their first Six Nations title in five years, they must win at the Aviva Stadium.

"We've had some pretty good success not allowing Johnny too much time and space on the ball and our line-speed defensively has got to be good".

Penrith-born Stuart Lancaster has played down the hype surrounding England's potential NatWest 6 Nations decider against Ireland.

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"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".

"No", Gatland retorted when hearing that the journalist thinks Ireland have been most impressive.

Meanwhile, Ireland are two wins from two, and should they triumph in their remaining home games, they will head for London on St Patrick's Day on the hunt for a Grand Slam.

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"You don't stay in a job like this and do as well as he has without changing things up, changing your style of play, and I think you've seen that with Wales in the last few years", Owens added. Our discipline has been excellent in the first two games. Two of three of Ireland's tries against Italy were from turnover situations and an interception. He's done well and we know how good he is in the air defensively and on attack.

"There's a competitive edge to training and there will be a few tough calls I'm sure, but we're looking forward to those discussions".

Wales team to play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday: L Halfpenny (Scarlets); L Williams (Saracens), S Williams (Scarlets), H Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), S Lee (Scarlets), C Hill (Dragons), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), R Moriarty (Gloucester).

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Replacements: Dee, W. Jones, Francis, B. Davies, Tipuric, A. Davies, Anscombe, North.

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