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Wales v Ireland

Summary

Wales v Ireland (Kick-off 8.00pm). John Inverdale presents all the action from both teams' fourth and penultimate match of the championship, held at the Principality Stadium. Ireland kept alive their chances of winning the title with a hard-fought victory against France in their last match, while Wales have little more than pride to play for having lost to Scotland and England already during this campaign. The sides shared the spoils in a 16-16 draw when they met at the Aviva Stadium last year, with Wales staging an impressive fightback after Ireland had raced into a 13-0 lead after 28 minutes. Ireland have an excellent record in the Welsh capital, and have won seven of the last 10 encounters dating back to 2001, including a 35-21 victory here in August 2015 when both teams were preparing for the Rugby World Cup. With analysis from Keith Wood, Martyn Williams and Jeremy Guscott.
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Review

Wales and Ireland will be ready to deliver some primetime pyrotechnics on the only Friday night kick-off of the 2017 Six Nations. Night games, for all their potential awkwardness for travelling fans, undoubtedly add an extra edge for viewers back home, especially in Cardiff, where a closed stadium roof, floodlights, fireworks and full-throated singing combine to intoxicating effect.

Can the sides live up to the pre-match spectacle? That depends on how much momentum Wales and Ireland have managed to generate after a stop-start beginning: Ireland lost their opening match before recovering with a big win over Italy, while the last time Wales were in the Principality Stadium they were coming to terms with defeat at the hands of England.

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PresenterJohn Inverdale
GuestKeith Wood
GuestMartyn Williams
GuestJeremy Guscott

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DirectorSally Richardson
EditorRichard Hughes

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