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Wales vs Ireland: Six Nations preview

Wayne Pivac‘s side played at the Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli during the final stages of the delayed 2020 competition and the subsequent Autumn Nations Cup, with their usual home being used as the temporary Dragons Heart Hospital to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wales endured something of a 2020 to forget, winning just once in the Six Nations and finishing a lowly fifth – the position they also had to accept at the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup after losses to Ireland and England and a play-off victory over Italy.

They will be desperate to start the New Year with a statement win over an Ireland team that missed out on a fourth Six Nations title in seven years in October after a gutting 35-27 loss to France in Paris on Super Saturday.

Andy Farrell‘s men only lost to England at the Autumn Nations Cup and brushed aside Scotland to claim third place.

Wales vs Ireland date, time and venue

Wales vs Ireland is scheduled for a 3pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

The match will be played behind closed doors at the Principality Stadium due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Wales vs Ireland

TV channel: The match is being broadcast live on BBC One, with build-up coverage beginning at 2pm.

Live stream: Fans can also watch Wales vs Ireland online via the BBC Sport website or on the iPlayer.

Wales vs Ireland team news

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Full-back Liam Williams is suspended, meanwhile.

Ireland are missing no8 Caelan Doris due to symptoms that could be associated with concussion, with CJ Stander likely to take his place.

Lock Quinn Roux has a neck injury, though talismanic captain Johnny Sexton is back in full training following a hamstring issue.

Both Wales and Ireland are expected to name their matchday squads at midday on Friday (February 5).

Wales vs Ireland prediction: Away win

The roof is expected to be closed at the Principality on Sunday, but the absence of fans at one of the most atmospheric stadiums in Europe takes away a key advantage for the hosts.

Wales have really flattered to deceive under Pivac thus far, with wins only coming against the Barbarians, Italy (twice) and Georgia.

The absence of Adams is also a huge blow.

Wales vs Ireland betting odds and tips


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