Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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Six Nations 2019: Ireland will show up in Japan - Schmidt

Six Nations 2019: Ireland will show up in Japan - Schmidt

The 33-year-old added coach Warren Gatland's unflappability had also served to calm nerves during the week. Wales last reached second spot during the last Rugby World Cup after stunning England during the pool play.

"Particularly great to show what a proud nation we are over last 9 weeks", said Jones.

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Wales now celebrate just the third Grand Slam in their history and replace Ireland in second in the world rankings heading into the World Cup later this year.

Best, who was hoping to emulate Paul O'Connell by winning back-to-back Six Nations as Ireland captain, is hoping to end his distinguished Test career by leading his side beyond the last-eight at a World Cup for the first time.

"I am proud of the players it is not about me it is about the players they were playing for themselves their families and Wales", said Gatland.

"We fought our way up to third, we're in the top half of the championship and we haven't been catastrophic but we haven't been as good as we needed to be and today was probably an example of that".

While the Welsh Rugby Union denied the accusation, Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted that they have not heard back from tournament organisers yet, but confirmed he had accepted that the roof will be open due to Ireland's refusal to cooperate.

"They will run through a brick wall for you and we are a tight knit group".

Asked about the roof situation, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "We know, as players, that it's going to be open".

"There's been a request from Wales that in the interest of the quality of the game and the very poor weather forecast that the roof be closed", said Schmidt.

The 2018 Six Nations champions surrendered their title to Wales in underwhelming fashion.

"We're trying to build those two guys forward".

"It is disappointing but we will talk about the aftermath afterwards, we should focus more on Wales and a deserved Grand Slam".

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