Rugby Union: Six Nations - Ireland v Wales

2:30pm Sunday 5 February on BBC ONE

John Inverdale is joined by Jonathan Davies, Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott for coverage of Ireland and Wales’s opening match of the 2012 Six Nations.

Going into last year’s match between the two sides Ireland had lost only once in Cardiff since 1983, but Wales ground out a gritty 19-13 victory that briefly gave them hope of a winning the championship. It was not to be, though, as both sides finished with identical records of three wins and two defeats. Later in the year Wales came within a whisker of reaching the World Cup final, so their young side will have high hopes of winning this year’s championship.

Ireland are without their talismanic captain Brian O’Driscoll so a lot may rest on the experienced shoulders of Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell.

Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Phillip Matthews.

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