Wales v Ireland Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture

Wales v Ireland Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture

There’s a clash of Wales v Ireland which is a Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture coming from the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

It’s a great chance for both nations to start getting themselves into gear for the World Cup 2015 and to have a good look at their squads in what is always a competitive fixture, even if this is a friendly.

Wales are going with the Mike Phillips and James Hook as the half-back pairing, the duo last coming together in the 2011 WOrld Cup third placed play off.

Six Nations champions Ireland will be hoping for a bit of revenge and to get some solid momentum going as they head to the Millennium Stadium, where they lost 23-16 in the Six Nations back in March.

Wales lead the overall head to head between the two nations 66-49 but look for it to be a fairly close encounter on the scoreboard. The average points difference between Wales v Ireland clashes is just 0.9 points. Wales have won four of the last six matches against Ireland.

New Zealand remain firm 5/4 favourites to win the Rugby World Cup, followed by England at 9/2. Wales are 14/1 quotes at William Hill, with Ireland in at 11/2.

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