Big Names Return As Wales Name Team To Play Ireland

Ken Owens doesn't believe Warren Gatland gets the kind of recognition he deserves

Wales need to win to stay in the hunt for the title having picked up a try bonus-point in their big win over Scotland in Cardiff and a losing bonus-point in their narrow 12-6 defeat against England at Twickenham.

Owens, who had an excellent tour of New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions past year, told the Guardian: "I don't think he gets the credit for what he has achieved".

"We've got to attack them", Gatland said of Murray and Sexton.

"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively and our discipline has to be good. Hopefully we can pressurise them a bit and try to get on top of them".

"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". We have got to be physical against them up-front and stop the running power of someone like CJ Stander, and stop allowing Murray and Sexton to dominate the game.

"With players we have got I think we are more than capable of doing that". "Ireland have got an excellent kicking game and their half-back combination is one of the best in world rugby". They hadn't lost a home Test since 2008 or 2009, and we beat them (in Wellington).

Ireland will go into the game leading the way after wins over France in Paris and Italy at the Aviva Stadium. You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland.

The New Zealander has plenty of inside information on the duo having coached them on successive Lions tours and plans on getting in their faces when the sides meet at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

"That's what they do. I am sure we will have a lot of Welsh supporters travelling and it is another great place to play rugby". He's done well and we know how good he is in the air defensively and on attack. "They are a quality side that are hard to break down".

In addition, the return of two other Lions, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny, ought to make Wales much stronger in the aerial contest, with George North on the bench along with Gareth Anscombe, as Steff Evans is retained and Patchell misses out.

Providing a boost to that end is the return of Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar to the back-line.

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