What: Ireland v Wales – World Cup warm-up Test
Where: Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), Dublin
When: Saturday, August 19 – 14:30 local, 15:30 SA
– Rematch of Cardiff clash 2 weekends ago
– Last game for World Cup squads are announced
– Wales under pressure
With two Six Nations titles each since the last Rugby World Cup, Wales and Ireland both have big ambitions just a few weeks away from the 2015 tournament.
Ireland were comfortably the better side when the two teams faced off in the Millennium Stadium earlier in August although the make-up of both starting XVs will be significantly different to the rematch in Dublin.
Betting: Ireland v Wales
Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt both wanted in the first game to give their fringe players a chance to impress as they try and work out who will make their final World Cup squads of 31.
The deadline to submit those final squads is on Monday meaning Saturday is the last chance saloon for several of the players on show.
A 35-21 win in Cardiff was the perfect start for Six Nations champions Ireland and they are understandably the favourites on Saturday having seen off Scotland at home two weeks ago.
Backing Wales by a winning margin of 1-7 points should certainly be considered though given that results between these two teams in recent years have varied unpredictably, and given that Warren Gatland’s side need to bounce back.
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