Jones hails Gatland for Welsh 'resurrection'

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

Munster player to make Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones believes Wales' fatigue could cost them the Six Nations Grand Slam as they host Ireland on Saturday.

The team hope to have a repeat of 2008 by becoming this year's Grand Slam winners.

"That's what I want to see, and for us it's about trying to stay level-headed over the next couple of days and be concise in what we deliver to the players so we are not too emotional". We have done all the work we can, and I get more of a buzz out of seeing the excitement on players and seeing them celebrate afterwards.

"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.

"We're going in a great direction and Saturday will be a bit of an explosion", said Jones.

We've worked in the (Six Nations) down weeks and we've trained as hard as any team I have seen.

Reigning champions Ireland also have a New Zealander coach in Joe Schmidt, who like Gatland is standing down after the World Cup.

For the visitors, Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut while Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien return to the starting line-up.

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"I am not sure why he (Gatland) would get more credence than (the Argentina coach at the time) Daniel Hourcade who was really impressed or by (the then South Africa coach) Allister Coetzee who was really impressed".

The Scots are also on a run of three straight defeats this Championship.

"I think it's a fascinating close to the tournament", he said.

When it comes to the Women's Six Nations competition, England are now sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Jones subsequently suggested tournament chiefs consider relegation so as to give the likes of Georgia a chance.

"It will be the same approach we had with England", he said.

"Ireland have had a few players off the pace, which happens".

Thursday saw France coach Jacques Brunel, previously in charge of Italy, denying reports of a rift with captain Guilhem Guirado.

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