Less than 24 hours to this massive fixture in Cardiff, I can’t wait!
I was pleased to find Jon Davies restored to the starting line-up this week; less so to find that Charteris was ruled out; and outright horrified to hear that Corey Allen is out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off in the Blues game against Leinster last weekend. He’s had a terrible run of injuries, and hasn’t had enough time to establish himself in Blues’ midfield, let alone play any part in Wales’ Six Nations campaign. With Scott Williams also ruled out, it seems chances are James Hook will get a timely call-up. Having been perennially overlooked by Gatland, he seldom pulls on the red jersey nowadays, but there’s no denying the guy’s a class act.
Dan Lydiate has been preferred to Tipuric in the back row, too. So, the “experts” have got what they wanted, even though I’d have stuck with the Ospreys’ openside for one more game at least. Lydiate will definitely offer more grunt in defence if the game turns into an arm-wrestle.
It’s going go be a close one I feel, but we can do it! Come on Wales!!