Ireland insist Millennium Stadium roof stays open

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

The Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland will be played under an open roof at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, despite bad weather forecast in Cardiff. Because it is within their right, Ireland have now vetoed Wales' request to have the roof closed, with the match set to take place in the open air.

Joe Schmidt had explained that Wales defied protocol and asked Six Nations bosses to close the roof for the game.

Wales trained on Friday morning at the stadium with the roof closed due to poor weather conditions, having previously trained this week at the stadium with the roof open.

"You would have to ask the Irish guys about what their mentality is".

Wales' preference is for it to be closed, but both teams must agree on that, or - under Six Nations regulations - it stays open.

"So we will probably be happy enough if it's open anyway".

Wales will win the Six Nations title and claim a first Grand Slam since 2012 if they beat Ireland.

'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.

'There may be nine million people watching it on TV, but I don't see the point having the opportunity to close the roof, [and by not doing so] to potentially play in bad weather conditions'.

'Last time it was closed and we arrived there and a lot was said about making it good for spectators but sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and it was very damp. Is it going to be closed and wet, or is it going to be closed and dry?

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