Ireland coach Joe Schmidt queries Wales' roof request for Six Nations decider

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Munster's Tadhg Beirne makes his Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales on Saturday

"I pride myself on the record I've had in big matches when it has really mattered", added Gatland, ahead of his final Six Nations game as Wales head coach before he steps down later this year.

"There's been a request go in [by Wales] to the Six Nations that it be closed" he said.

"At the moment, I'm not sure about the roof".

Kiwi coach Warren Gatland laughed off Eddie Jones' barbs as he targets a third grand slam with Wales.

And when asked what Ireland want, Schmidt continued: "We'll adapt, we'll adapt".

"Often with teams you get one which wants it just that little bit more and that's the position we've been in in the past".

"Wales are a very good team, they are very well coached, great credit to them for what they have done - but they are starting to look a bit exhausted", Jones said. We would be happy enough if it's open.

"It's important the coaches are positive and we express that confidence and self-belief from us to the players". Is it going to be closed and wet or closed and dry?

"We want to be the best team in the world and we know we're not the best team in the world, but we have got an opportunity on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to show that we're the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world, and we're not going to miss that opportunity". "And if they decide that it will be open then we'll play in those conditions".

"And then the sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and the ground was very, very damp before the game started".

"We've got to put him under pressure, but in saying that Ireland have world-class players all over the place and they can keep the ball for long phases". That enters our minds: Which closed is it going to be?

The row only served to heighten tensions between the world's No 2 and 3 teams as Gatland named an unchanged 23 and Schmidt brought Seán O'Brien, Tadhg Beirne and Rob Kearney into his starting XV, with Quinn Roux, Andrew Porter and Kieran Marmion on the bench.

Wales boss Warren Gatland confirmed he was waiting on a final decision, but expected Ireland to ask for the roof to be open. Both teams have to agree to the roof being closed, so that means basically the away team decides what happens in our stadium.

"I even get more of a buzz when people write us off which has happened on a number of occasions before. It's our stadium and we should be able to do what we want with it".

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