"The experiences the players have had with Wales and the Lions in big matches means they can deal with intensity and hype and the media. Experienced players become automated, having been there and done it, and I expect that to be the same this weekend."
Wales have won three of their last four games against Ireland, including a 2011 World Cup quarter-final, but they flew to Dublin on Thursday knowing that an enormous challenge awaits them.
– Rob Howley
"The Ireland game is always pivotal, and it has been close in the last few years, 2-2 in the last four meetings. It is high-octane. Both sides like to play rugby, depending on the conditions, and I see no difference this weekend. It will be a tight, cagey affair and territory will be key."