Friday 20 April 2018

This is the 118th meeting between Ireland and Wales

- The countries have met on 117 occasions. Wales lead the series 64-47, with six draws.

- Ireland's record win in the series is a 54-10 triumph 10 years ago, while Wales boast a best of 29-0 in 1907.

- The last drawn Test match between Ireland and Wales produced a 21-21 scoreline in Cardiff 21 years ago.

- Wales hooker Huw Bennett will win his 50th Test cap on Sunday.

- Ireland have won their opening Six Nations game in each of the last seven seasons.

- Warren Gatland will clock up 50 Tests as Wales coach this weekend.

- Victory for Wales on Sunday would make it three successive wins against Ireland in all competitions for the first time since 1979.

- Lock Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in this season's Six Nations while centre Brian O'Driscoll recovers from shoulder surgery.

- Wales have won just twice from their previous six visits to Dublin in the Six Nations.

- Wales are 3/1 second favourites behind France to win the Six Nations title, with Ireland alongside England on 4/1.

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