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If Warren Gatland gets Wales to click, they will be a serious threat to Ireland's Six Nations crown

If Warren Gatland gets Wales to click, they will be a serious threat to Ireland's Six Nations crown

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If Warren Gatland gets Wales to click, they will be a serious threat to Ireland's Six Nations crown

With the Six Nations just around the corner it is time to dissect the competition a bit.

Next week I'll take a look at the Ireland team I'd pick, but for now let's look at the opposition.

As champions, Ireland will be regarded as many people's favourites, but how they cope with their injury crisis is critical.

England, too, have concerns about the fitness of key men. Both countries will be without their pivotal No 10s for periods. Johnny Sexton will miss at least one Ireland game, while Owen Farrell is out of the whole competition.

But removing Farrell from the equation might be a blessing in disguise for them. George Ford impressed in November - he's a more creative player than Farrell, and he kicks just as well as him.

God only knows what France will turn up, but despite all their eccentricities, you'd still be afraid to write off their chances.

Wales are the ones to watch I think. They play both England and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium and have endless talent, with the likes of Gethin Jenkins, Dan Biggar, Sam Warburton and the scary George North to call on.

If Warren Gatland gets them to click watch out.

Irish Independent