Wales interim head coach Rob Howley has named an experienced side to begin the defence of their RBS 6 Nations title with 13 members of the 2012 Grand Slam winning squad starting the opening fixture against Ireland on Saturday.
Alan Quinlan has joined the Irish Rugby TV team for the RBS 6 Nations Championship. Each week he will be talking about the Ireland team and taking a look behind the scenes at life in camp. This week Alan previews the game against Wales with the help of the rugby media!
Alan Quinlan was at the Ireland squad media day earlier this week. He chatted to Sean O'Brien about Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales, the squad's approach to the Championship and new farming developments.
Backs Luke McGrath and Stuart Olding, two of the returning players from last season, are looking forward to lining out again for the Ireland Under-20s in the Six Nations. Irish Rugby TV spoke to the pair ahead of their opening game away to Wales.
Irish Rugby TV has signed Alan Quinlan for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations. In his first interview he speaks to Simon Zebo at the Ireland squad media day in Carton House about the upcoming match with Wales, keeping his feet on the ground and his famous try-scoring celebrations.
Irish Rugby TV caught up with Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock and back rower Josh van der Flier, one of three returning players from last season, ahead of Friday night's Six Nations clash with Wales in Colwyn Bay.
Previewing his side's RBS 6 Nations opener against Ireland, Wales interim head coach Rob Howley said: "Playing Ireland first, it's a mouth-watering prospect. We've had some titanic tussles with them over the last four, five years. There were five tries scored in last year's game, a lot of open rugby. I think we bring the best out of each other."