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Match Facts

The away team on the day hasn’t won any of the last nine Guinness Six Nations meetings between Wales and Ireland, each nation winning four games and sharing one draw in that period; however, the last time the away side won in this fixture came in Cardiff in 2013, when Ireland emerged victorious by a margin of eight points (30-22).

Wales have lost each of their last three Six Nations games, only once since the beginning of 2008 have they endured a longer run of defeats in the Championship – a four game spell at the end of the 2020 campaign; however, each of their three recent defeats have come by margins of four points or fewer.

Wales have won their last seven matches in the Guinness Six Nations under Warren Gatland, although they’ve never won eight on the bounce with him as Head Coach; only once before has Gatland himself won more consecutive matches in the Championship as a Head Coach, winning his last two with Ireland in 2001 and his first seven with Wales in 2008-09.

Ireland have lost just one of their last eight Six Nations games (W7) and have won each of their last three by margins of 17+ points, scoring 4+ tries in each of those fixtures and conceding just one in total.

Ireland have won five of their last seven matches away from home (L2), including their last two in a row, this after previously losing five straight Tests outside Ireland; they haven’t won more consecutive games outside Ireland since a run of five straight victories between 2018 and 2019.

Wales (617) and Ireland (694) were the only two sides to make 600+ carries in last year’s Six Nations, while only France (50) completed more offloads than Wales (45) and Ireland (39) in the Championship last year.

Ireland were the only nation to have an average ruck speed under three seconds in the Guinness Six Nations last year (2.88); defensively, Ireland (3.85) and Wales (3.76) slowed down the opposition ruck more than any other side in the Championship in 2022.

No side retained possession from kicks more often than Wales in last year’s Guinness Six Nations (19, level with England), while Ireland (4) and Wales (2) made the most 50-22 kicks in the Championship in 2022 – the four other nations made just two combined (France and England – one each).

George North has scored 22 tries in the Guinness Six Nations, one more would take him above Shane Williams as Wales’ top try scorer in the Championship and the second top try scorer overall behind Brian O’Driscoll (26); he would also be the third top try scorer in Five/Six Nations history, behind O’Driscoll and Scotland’s Ian Smith who scored 24 tries in the Championship between 1924 and 1933.

No player scored more tries in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations than Ireland’s James Lowe (3, level with Damian Penaud and Gabin Villiere), while teammate Jamison Gibson-Park recorded a joint-high four try assists in the Championship last year, alongside France’s Romain Ntamack.

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