Tadhg Beirne must outpoach Welsh poachers

Three key factors will define today’s titanic Cardiff clash

1. Coaching excellence

The starting point for today’s fascinating Six Nations contest has to be the coaching box. Two polar opposite coaching geniuses with entirely different, but equally effective, approaches come head to head once again in their last Six Nations roles for their adopted countries.

Gatland stands on the brink of unprecedented achievement in leading Wales to a third Grand Slam on his watch. Ireland have only achieved three in our entire rugby playing history. Yet, for some strange reason, he still struggles to get the recognition he deserves. He will be bulling for a win.

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