‘Pandemonium’ expected in Cardiff as Wales chase a 14th win and the Grand Slam

‘Pandemonium’ expected in Cardiff as Wales chase a 14th win and the Grand Slam

All rugby roads will this weekend lead to Cardiff where Wales play Ireland in what will most likely be the match that will decide the 2019 Six Nations Championship. And, as it is Wales who are favourites, the expectation is at fever pitch for the match.

Wales head into Saturday's match at Cardiff's Principality Stadium as the only unbeaten team in the Six Nations tournament with four victories from four played, part of a 13-match unbeaten streak.

Victory over Ireland would ensure a record third Six Nations clean sweep of Gatland's reign following Grand Slams in 2008 and 2012, and a first Six Nations title since 2013.

The Irish, however, can still win the title should they beat the Welsh and Scotland be victorious over England in Saturday's final game.

♦  Cardiff is preparing for pandemonium on Saturday, with Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam match-day in the city expected to break all records, writes the New Zealand Herald.

With Irish supporters travelling in their thousands on 50 extra flights from Dublin, and yet more who have spent the week at the Cheltenham Festival, a record 275,000 people are expected in town.

That is roughly 50% more that the population of the Wels capital, where the pubs and bars are geared up for drunken carnage too, says the NZ Herald.  The Prince of Wales Wetherspoons on St Mary Street, a drop-kick from the Principality Stadium, is understood to be aiming to take £100,000 (R1,9 million) from the day's drinking.

♦  Wales coach Gatland on Thursday named an unchanged Wales team for his final Six Nations game in charge. Fullback Liam Williams having overcome a right shoulder 'stinger' injury.

Ireland, on the other hand, were not ready to announce their team with fitness issues and final training delaying the announcement by late SA time.

It will be Gatland's 50th Six Nations match with Wales, with the Kiwi coach slated to step down from his post following this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Wales head into Saturday's match at Cardiff's Principality Stadium as the only unbeaten team in the Six Nations tournament with four victories from four played, part of a 13-match unbeaten streak.

Victory over Ireland would ensure a record third Six Nations clean sweep of Gatland's reign following Grand Slams in 2008 and 2012, and a first Six Nations title since 2013.

The Irish, however, can still win the title should they beat the Welsh and Scotland be victorious over England in Saturday's final game.

"We've named an unchanged squad and rewarded the players for the last couple of outings and the last couple of victories," said Gatland, who took over as Wales coach at the end of 2007.

"These players are on a very good run, they are a hugely impressive group and they deserve to be going into the final weekend with everything to play for.

"It is a great reward for them for the hard work they have put in and we are all looking forward to what is going to be a huge game."

Kick-off is scheduled for 16:45 (SA time) on Saturday.

Wales ‒

15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans. Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Aled Davies, Dan Biggar, 22 Owen Watkin.