Dan Biggar's recall illustrates Wales planning for physical game

Dan Biggar's recall illustrates Wales planning for physical game

Dan Biggar's recall illustrates Wales planning for physical game

Warren Gatland wants Wales to "attack" Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray in Dublin after axing the man England unsettled at Twickenham.

British & Irish Lions trio Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny have been named in Wales' starting XV for their Six Nations encounter with Ireland on Saturday. However, it is his comments about Ireland's half-back pair which will garner the biggest headlines, coming a year after Sexton had to endure a head injury assessment injury against Wales in Cardiff.

"We've two games under our belt but we have a long list of things we can get better at, which is very focusing", he said.

Gatland added: "It is the first week we have had everyone in the "green" in terms of availability which is a nice luxury to have and a positive ahead of what is a very important Test match against a very good Ireland side".

With 131 Ireland caps between them, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are pretty much national treasures at this stage.

Joe Schmidt's men needed a last-second drop goal to win in France and conceded three tries in what was still a 37-point victory over Italy.

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

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"I think Ireland will 100 per cent only have their focus on Wales".

"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively, and make sure our discipline is good".

'But they're a quality side and we know how hard they are to beat.

"He has transformed Wales and we are always there or thereabouts now, a tough team to break down; we have won the Six Nations three times under him".

Wales: Halfpenny; L Williams, S Williams, Parkes, S Evans; Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Lee, Hill, AW Jones, Shingler, Navidi, Moriarty.

"He knows how to get the best out of players. You have got to have a good running, attacking game against Ireland but also a good kicking game".

Liam Williams comes in for Josh Adams on the right wing as Leigh Halfpenny is fit again to start, after a foot infection, alongside Biggar whose combative edge, experience and superb kicking game saw him get the nod over Patchell, who will go to Dublin just as a travelling reserve. Our discipline has been excellent in the first two games - we only gave away two penalties against England.

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