Ireland Defy Wales With Roof Request Ahead Of Epic Six Nations Clash

Alun Wyn Jones- Wales to be play Ireland in Six Nations decider with roof open in Cardiff

Alun Wyn Jones and his Wales side will play with the roof open at Principality Stadium on Saturday Credit PA

The roof will be open for Saturday's Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff, after Ireland made a request to the Welsh Rugby Union on Thursday.

Despite a weather forecast for Cardiff on Saturday of strong winds and torrential rain, Ireland have requested that the roof remain open.

Joe Schmidt had explained that Wales defied protocol and asked Six Nations bosses to close the roof for the game. Schmidt alleged that Wales went straight to the Six Nations chiefs instead, asking for permission to play the match under a closed roof due to poor weather forecasts. If it's closed and wet we might as well leave the roof open.

A victory would ensure a Grand Slam triumph for Wales, while Ireland could only retain their Six Nations crown if they win and Scotland defeat England at Twickenham.

"So we will probably be happy enough if it's open anyway". "At the end of the day, the pitch and conditions are the same for both teams".

'My only concern is that if it is pouring down with rain then we do have a responsibility to the game for a spectacle, ' he said on Thursday before questioning whether Ireland were up for a closed atmosphere in Cardiff.

"Both teams have to agree to the roof being closed so that means basically the away team decides what happens in our stadium".

"I don't see the point in having the opportunity to close the roof, only to potentially play in awful conditions".

"For us, last time we said 'look, we don't mind, you choose and they chose closed, but made the field incredibly wet at the start of the game".

'Which closed is it going to be?

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