Dan Biggar and Liam Williams return to start for Wales against Ireland

Only former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has taken charge of more rugby internationals (103) for one country than Gatland, who will bring up three figures in the Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin next weekend, then break the record when his side tour Argentina later in the year.

Having settled on the Irish pairing for the second and third Tests in New Zealand against the All Blacks - which yielded one win and one draw - Warren Gatland's respect for the threat posed by the pair is manifest, and on Tuesday he made no secret of Wales' need to shut them down. However, it is his comments about Ireland's half-back pair which will garner the biggest headlines, coming a year after Sexton had to endure a head injury assessment injury against Wales in Cardiff.

Lancaster, 48, told: "I was lucky, we managed to beat Ireland in Ireland".

Moriarty, who overcome back problems suffered on the 2017 Lions tour to start Wales' Six Nations win against Scotland and the defeat by England, missed Gloucester's game at the weekend because of a shoulder problem sustained at Twickenham.

"We've had some pretty good success not allowing Johnny too much time and space on the ball and our line-speed defensively has got to be good".

Wales last 6 Nations win in Dublin was in 2012.

"You don't stay in a job like this and do as well as he has without changing things up, changing your style of play, and I think you've seen that with Wales in the last few years". You've got to keep your discipline against Ireland.

"I think they are very hard to beat, but to be a champion team you've got to win at home and away".

The New Zealander has plenty of inside information on the duo having coached them on successive Lions tours and plans on getting in their faces when the sides meet at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Wales are looking to end Ireland's Grand Slam dream with victory, but asked if Joe Schmidt's men were the best side in the Championship, Gatland added: "No. England are a tough outfit".

"We've got to make sure we don't get caught up in that, keep our patience defensively and our discipline has to be good".

"We have to win the next game and keep winning, but bonus points have been crucial for us".

"He knows how to get the best out of players".

"He (Gatland) enjoys playing the Irish".

  • Jacqueline Ellis