England head coach Eddie Jones feels that Wales are looking “a bit tired” as they chase their first Grand Slam title in seven years, while their opponents Ireland are “peaking at the right time.”
Jones’ side face Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday but know that should they win, they will still need Ireland to do them a favour by beating Wales if they are to capture the Six Nations Championship.
Warren Gatland’s side are chasing the Grand Slam while Ireland can still win the Championship provided Scotland beat England on Saturday.
The English head coach Jones has stoked the fire ahead of Ireland’s clash with Wales in Cardiff by outlining that he feels Gatland’s charges are “starting to look a bit tired” also outlining that Schmidt’s men are “peaking at the right time.”
“I think it’s a fascinating close to the tournament,” said Jones.
“You’ve got three teams who can win it. Wales are a very good team, very well coached.
“Great credit to them for what they’ve done but they are starting to look a bit tired. They’ve made more tackles than anyone else in the tournament and they’re playing an Ireland side that seems to be peaking at the right time.
“You look at guys like Conor Murray, [Johnny] Sexton, [Garry] Ringrose, [Peter] O’Mahony – guys that weren’t in great form at the start of the tournament are now starting to come to their fore.
“So I’m sure the crowd’s going to help Wales overcome that tiredness but it’s going to be a great game.”
Jones made four changes to his starting XV ahead of the crucial game against Scotland. In the backs, Jack Nowell replaces Joe Cokanasiga on the right wing and Henry Slade replaces Ben Te’o who drops to the bench.
Ben Moon swaps with Ellis Genge in the front row while Mark Wilson comes in for Brad Shields who is named on the bench.
Wales named an unchanged side from their win over Scotland last weekend, while Ireland are set to name their starting fifteen at around 2:15 pm on Thursday.