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Six Nations: The best of Ireland is yet to come, says Joe Schmidt after Wales draw

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 08/02/2016

Tipping point: Andrew Trimble is taken down by Justin Tipuric of Wales in yesterday’s 16-16 draw at the Aviva
Tipping point: Andrew Trimble is taken down by Justin Tipuric of Wales in yesterday’s 16-16 draw at the Aviva
Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Taulupe Faletau scores a try during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales is challenged by Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Ireland's Simon Zebo and Wales' Dan Biggar during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales takes on Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Wales' Justin Tipuric tackled by Ireland's CJ Stander (right) and Jamie Heaslip during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' wing George North (L) and Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) vie against Ireland's wing Andrew Trimble during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland and Wales' players walk out during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and his new captain Rory Best were in agreement — their side will need to improve on yesterday’s 16-16 draw with Wales if they are to go on and claim a historic third Six Nations title in succession.

With Ulster’s Best leading the injury-hit side for the first time since taking over from Paul O’Connell, Ireland raced into 13-point lead thanks to a try from Conor Murray and the boot of Johnny Sexton but it took a late penalty from the Leinster out-half to rescue a draw after Wales had come roaring back.

With a trip to France next up on Saturday and a visit to Twickenham in their third game, an encouraged Schmidt said his side would still need to step up a gear if they are to take the crown once again.

“There were some encouraging things, but the feeling in the dressing- room afterwards was a little bit deflated. We have to improve further

and that’s going to be a challenge because I did think that we performed really well here. There’s a hint of positivity there, now let’s consolidate that,” Schmidt said.

Rory Best conceded: “We’re probably happy with the draw. We let them back in when we had a good firm hold of things. But a draw keeps us in the championship and it’s a lot better than a loss.”

Both Schmidt and Best will be wary that France, now under the guidance of Guy Noves, will be a different proposition to the team so abject in the World Cup. They only sneaked a win against Italy on Saturday but the Ireland head coach is impressed with the new cast of characters the former Toulouse boss has brought in.

Schmidt said of the upcoming French test: "I think like anything, going into the unknown is a little bit daunting and seeing some of the athletes they have with the new guys in there.

"I've had a look at (Jonathan) Danty a fair bit and I think he's very complete.

"His passing game is very good, his ability to get onto the ball on the ground defensively is incredibly good but he also gives you that sheer ability to win gain line and step and accelerate that they will be looking for.

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton leaves the field after being substituted during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin against Dublin.
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton leaves the field after being substituted during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin against Dublin.
Ireland's full back Simon Zebo (L) is tackled by Wales' centre Jamie Roberts during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Sean Cronin (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Gareth Davies of Wales passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Tom James of Wales is tackled by Keith Earls and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Tom James of Wales is tackled by Keith Earls and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Tom James of Wales is tackled by Keith Earls and Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Rhys Priestland of Wales kicks at goal during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales is tackled by Ian Madigan and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales charges upfield during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team's pre match warm up during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team's pre match warm up during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Alun Wyn Jones and Rob Evans of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team's pre match warm up during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Conor Murray of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Gareth Davies of Wales passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Davies of Wales is challenged by Jonathan Sexton of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Rhys Priestland of Wales clears the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland is tackled by Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland is tackled by Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland wins lineout ball under pressure from Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Andrew Trimble of Ireland (l) and Liam Williams of Wales battle for the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Rhys Priestland of Wales kicks a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland wins lineout ball under pressure from Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton prepares to kick a penalty during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks a penalty during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's Dave Kearney (left) and Wales' George North compete for a high ball during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales is tackled by Ian Madigan (l) and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Lloyd Williams (L) passes the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Lloyd Williams passes the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Simon Zebo of Ireland breaks through the tackles from Jamie Roberts and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Tom James of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's prop Jack McGrath (L) tackles Wales' Bradley Davies during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Simon Zebo of Ireland takes on Jonathan Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Andrew Trimble of Ireland looks to pass as George North of Wales closes in during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's full back Simon Zebo (C) is tackled by Wales' centre Jonathan Davies (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view.) The teams enter the arena ahead of the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view.) The teams line up ahead of the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland wins lineout ball under pressure from Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's full back Simon Zebo (L) is tackled by Wales' centre Jamie Roberts during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's full back Simon Zebo (L) is tackled by Wales' centre Jamie Roberts during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Sean Cronin (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Gareth Davies of Wales passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales takes on Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Andrew Trimble (centre left) is tackled Wales' Taulupe Faletau during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Devin Toner of Ireland wins lineout ball under pressure from Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Taulupe Faletau (right) is tackled by Ireland's Jack McGrath during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' Tom James (right) is tackled by Ireland's Keith Earls during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' Jonathan Davies hands off Ireland's CJ Stander during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's Johnny Sexton and Wales' Rob Evans during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Andrew Trimble of Ireland is tackled by Justin Tipuric of Wales adfter carrying the ball over his own tryline during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Andrew Trimble of Ireland is tackled by Justin Tipuric of Wales adfter carrying the ball over his own tryline during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Wales' George North is tackled by Ireland's CJ Stander (left) and Rory Best during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' Liam Williams and Ireland's Andrew Trimble (left) during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
TOPSHOT - Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Tom James during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' George North is tackled by Ireland's Rory Best during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales is dumped by Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Roberts of Wales is tackle by Jack McGrath and CJ Stander of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales is dumped by Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Davies of Wales hands off CJ Stander of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Welsh rugby fans wait in the stands ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Welsh rugby fans wait in the stands ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's hooker Rory Best (C) warms up with team mates ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
The Irish team huddle on the pitch ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland head coach Joe' Schmidt (centre) gives a pre match team talk during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Wales fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's hooker Rory Best (2L) warms up with teammates ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Wales fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is wrapped up by Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip (centre) is tackled by Wales' Alun Wyn Jones (right) and Luke Charteris during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is wrapped up by Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is wrapped up by Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Connor Murray (left) is tackled by Wales' Scott Baldwin during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Simon Zebo of Ireland is hauled down by Jonathan Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is tackled by Luke Charteris and Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is tackled by Luke Charteris and Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip (centre) is tackled by Wales' Alun Wyn Jones (right) and Luke Charteris during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's Andrew Trimble (centre) is tackled by Wales' Alun Wyn Jones (right) during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: CJ Stander of Ireland is tackled by Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland hands off Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: CJ Stander of Ireland is tackled by Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Kieran Marmion (right) is tackled by Wales' Justin Tipuric during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland hands off Sam Warburton of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Kieran Marmion (centre) is tackled by Wales' Justin Tipuric during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's Nathan White (left) is tackle by Wales' Samson Lee during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Rory Best and Jack McGrath of Ireland line up for the national anthems prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton in kicking action during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland is hauled down by Rob Evans of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: The injured Dan Biggar of Wales leaves the pitch midway through the first half during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: The injured Dan Biggar of Wales leaves the pitch midway through the first half during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: The injured Dan Biggar of Wales leaves the pitch midway through the first half during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Liam Williams (centre) is tackled by Ireland's Andrew Trimble (left) during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: The injured Dan Biggar of Wales leaves the pitch midway through the first half during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Conor Murray of Ireland crashes through the tackle from Justin Tipuric of Wales to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Conor Murray of Ireland crashes through the tackle from Justin Tipuric of Wales to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Conor Murray (centre right) scores a try during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales receives treatment following a tackle by Keith Earls (R) of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Tom James is tackled by Ireland's CJ Stander during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales receives treatment following a tackle by Keith Earls (R) of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Dan Biggar (left) and Ireland's Conor Murray battle for a high ball during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams (R) of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip (bottom right) is tackled by Wales' Jonathan Davies (right) during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' wing George North (C) vies with Ireland's centre Jared Payne (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Mike McCarthy wins a lineout during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Ireland's wing Andrew Trimble (C) vies with Wales' lock Alun Wyn Jones (L) and Wales' wing Tom James during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Jamie Roberts of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Wales' Gareth Davies loses control of the ball during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Jonathan Davies (L) and Jamie Roberts (R) of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jared Payne (centre) is tackled by Wales' Jonathan Davies and Rhys Priestland (right) during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Tom James during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Taulupe Faletau scores a try during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) scores his team's first try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: George North of Wales is challenged by Jared Payne of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Ireland's Simon Zebo and Wales' Dan Biggar during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Liam Williams of Wales takes on Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Wales' Justin Tipuric tackled by Ireland's CJ Stander (right) and Jamie Heaslip during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.
Wales' wing George North (L) and Wales' number 8 Taulupe Faletau (C) vie against Ireland's wing Andrew Trimble during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
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DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Taulupe Faletau of Wales forces his way over the lineto score his team's first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Taulupe Faletau of Wales forces his way over the lineto score his team's first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Ireland and Wales players lineup to sing the national anthems before the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 7, 2016. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring. For further information please call +44 (0)115 8447447.

"They might have Wes Fofana back in there as well out wide.

"Hugo Bonneval, I don't know whether you've watched too much of the Top 14, but he's scored some scorching tries.

"I think his chip and chase against Toulouse was as good as anything I've seen this year, and Maxime Medard, his running threat from the back is such that we have to be well connected when we get forward to try to put pressure on him.

"Young (Yacouba) Camara when he came on, is a heck of an athlete as well, carrying the ball, as well as Chouly who scored the try in the corner.

"Chouly, it's similar too something he's done before against us but thankfully off a forward passes.

"That was one of the skinny margins that fell our way.

"It didn't look great for (Louis) Picamoles to be honest but Wenceslas Lauret looked hugely combative, a little bit like CJ (Stander), so that could be a good match-up next week."

Keith Earls suffered a suspected concussion yesterday and could miss the clash against France.

The Munster flyer must now go through the return to play protocols to prove his fitness for Ireland's Stade de France match in Paris on Saturday.

Schmidt added: "I think Keith has probably suffered a concussion.

"He will be considered to have had a concussive impact and that will certainly put him in doubt for next weekend."

Schmidt expects to have full-back Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien available for selection next weekend.

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