Rugby All You Need To Know: Wales v Ireland World Cup warm-up

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SATURDAY 31 AUGUST

World Cup warm-up fixture

Wales v Ireland, Principality Stadium, 2.30pm

Online 

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and on the RTÉ News Now app from 2pm.

Radio 

Live commentary onSaturday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1from Michael Corcoran and David Humphreys.

TV

Live on Channel 4 from 2pm.

WEATHER 

Saturday will be a bright and breezy day with sunshine and showers, some heavy and a few possibly thundery over the northern half of the country. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in moderate, occasionally fresh west to northwest winds.

Coaches’ View

Joe Schmidt: “We’ve had a little bit more time to prepare and it’s a different team. They are not recovering so much from Saturday, other than probably mentally for a few of them who are backing up.

“It’s more about we’ve had more time, we’ve had a few good training sessions this week, we trained well this morning and that gives us more confidence that we will be very much a step ahead of where we were last week.”

Warren Gatland: “There are a lot of doubts in the (Ireland) coaches’ minds about who their best players are – some of their players are getting a bit older – is it a time to put some of the youngsters in?

“It’s a massive game for Ireland that will answer a lot of questions.

“That’s why I’m excited. It is a challenge for us. This is professional sport, and we can put a massive dent in their confidence and derail them a little b

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