Thursday 17 October 2019

Sam Warburton: Ireland have been my most difficult opponents

Sam Warburton of Wales
Sam Warburton of Wales

Welsh captain Sam Warburton is predicting a close game when they take on Ireland in the Six Nations and says they have always been his most difficult opponents.

Warren Gatland's side are harbouring championship ambitions again after their victory in Paris and if they follow this up with a home win over unbeaten Ireland then they will be in the mix entering the final weekend of the tournament.

The Cardiff Blues man says it will be a tall task to stop Ireland making it 11 wins in-a-row, no matter what side arrives in the Welsh capital.

“If there’s one team in the Six Nations who have caused us the most trouble in the past four or five years, it’s probably Ireland,” warned Warburton.

“The games against them are never won by more than a score, they’re always tight.

“Away from home we struggled last time, they put in a good performance, then we had a bad performance two years ago.

“I’ve probably found Ireland the most difficult side to play against. So, if we were to win that game it would be one of the biggest victories we’ve had in the last few years.

“They are the favourites, and they do deserve that tag because they’ve won 10 games in a row and have played exceptionally well against good opposition.”

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