Even though England could well arrive in Dublin on St Patrick's weekend gunning for a second straight Grand Slam, Luke Fitzgerald still feels this Friday's clash against Wales under lights could be the key game in Ireland's Six Nations campaign.
Every week The Left Wing features Luke's unique blend of analysis and opinion as he takes you inside the game to give an honest and informed assessment of the performance of the Ireland team and the four provinces.
Speaking on this week's episode, Fitzgerald revealed that Ireland's trip to Cardiff was the game he circled on the schedule from the start of the Six Nations campaign.
"This is a game I've been really nervous about for the last few weeks," Fitzgerald said.
"I thought the France game would be tight be we are far better than them. This is the one I'm worried about. There is a big rivalry between both teams and they'll be fired up for the game on a Friday night in Cardiff. I think we'll have too much for them especially in the pack, especially in the front row. I think that could be the edge."
Fitzgerald feels that the intense atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium could be a challenge for Ireland, but also thinks that there are areas of the Welsh team where Schmidt's men can make some inroads - chiefly by exploiting their defence out wide.
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