The major talking points ahead of Wales’ Six Nations clash with Ireland

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Wales and Ireland will conclude the opening weekend of this season’s Guinness Six Nations when they clash in Cardiff on Sunday.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the main talking points heading into the game.

Wales back home – but not as they know it

Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will be used on Sunday for the first time as a rugby venue since Wales lost to France there almost 12 months ago. It then became Dragon’s Heart Hospital, treating coronavirus patients, before it was decommissioned. Wales played all six of their 2020 autumn internationals at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli, but they now head home, albeit behind closed doors and to a back-drop of more than 70,000 empty seats. Wales have produced some inspired performances over the years in front of their adoring fans, yet that wall of sound will now effectively be replaced by an atmosphere-free zone.

North star ready to shine

Wales v South Africa – 2019 Rugby World Cup – Semi Final – International Stadium Yokohama
George North has played 98 times for Wales (Adam Davy/PA)

Plenty of pressure in coaches’ corner

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Dan’s the man again

Wales v Australia – Autumn International – Principality Stadium
Dan Lydiate in action for Wales against Australia (David Davies/PA)

Ireland in charge

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