Johnny Sexton is hoping that victory over England would guarantee greater representation for the summer’s British and Irish Lions tour than the English. The match is effectively a dead rubber as both sides can only finish second after both teams underwent underwhelming campaigns, But with Warren Gatland still finalizing plans for the Tour of South Africa, there remains an added incentive to perform.
“It will be a big game in the decision-making process, we know that,” Saxton said. “Like the Scotland game was like the Welsh game was – those games against the home nations, the guys you are competing against.”
“Wales, if they go and win a Grand Slam, they will have the majority of guys on tour and whoever finishes second will get the next post, that’s generally what it’s been, historically that has been the case,” he added. “It’s a big game but, as I said before the last game if there was no Lions tour this year, all the motivation is the exact same; you are playing for your country, you are playing against England.”
Wales are chasing a Grand Slam after they defeated each of England, Scotland and Ireland, assuring them of the top spot. Ireland is chasing a third consecutive victory after defeating England and Scotland in their last two games. England travels to Dublin after beating France in a thrilling contest although their hopes of a title defence were dashed after suffering shock losses to Scotland and Wales.