Former Lions winger excited to see Ireland peak in crucial final round

first_imgTuesday Mar 12, 2019 Former Lions winger excited to see Ireland peak in crucial final round This year’s Six Nations will go down to the wire, with Ireland traveling to Cardiff this Saturday to try and stop a Welsh Grand Slam. Warren Gatland’s men just need a win to ensure his third Grand Slam in his final year in charge, while Joe Schmidt’s team can equally keep their hopes of winning the Championship alive with a win at the Principality Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTThis one is extremely hard to call, as both teams have perhaps not reached their best form this Championship (excluding Wales’ second-half against England).After losing to England and knocking the shine off their November win over New Zealand, Ireland have shown signs of promise of late, notably against France on Sunday. On the other hand, Wales came through a scare in Murrayfield, where their defence saved them from a defeat.Wales will be buoyed by the fact that this is at home, as the Principality Stadium is a veritable cauldron that can be very intimidating for the opposition. However, ex Ireland and British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe believes Ireland are “saving their best for last” ahead of the showdown with Wales.The former Ospreys winger clearly has confidence in his country, and has alluded to a win for the men in green in a contest that is very hard to predict. That is understandable, as, although they have not yet reached the heights they managed last season, they have slowly been finding their feet this tournament.They were ambushed in the first match against England, but picked up their performances against Scotland and Wales, while still not being convincing. The dominant nature of the victory against France in Dublin is enough to leave Bowe, and many Irish fans confident.ADVERTISEMENTOf course, as some fans have tweeted in response to this, an Ireland win would in likelihood give England a Championship win (providing they beat Scotland), which they do not want to see. However, with the World Cup on the horizon, it is imperative for any team to get a mental advantage over the opposition, as there is a very real possibility that these two could meet in Japan.Ireland will not want to concede a psychological grip hold over the Welsh, and Schmidt will be desperate for the win, in what will also be his final Six Nations match.SATURDAY:Italy v FranceWales v IrelandEngland v ScotlandPERMUTATIONS:Wales and England tie on 20 points – Wales crowned champions as Grand Slam winners are automatically awarded three bonus points under Six Nations rulesWales and Ireland draw and England lose to Scotland – Wales champions without Grand SlamIreland beat Wales and England beat Scotland – England championsIreland beat Wales and England lose to Scotland – Ireland championsIreland beat Wales and Scotland and England draw – Ireland champions (Ireland may need bonus-point win if England secure three points with a bonus-point draw by scoring four tries)Wales beat Ireland – Grand Slam championsADVERTISEMENTHow will you watch the next Rugby World Cup? Enter for a chance to win £100 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Press release: Wider lanes for drivers on M60 ahead of bank holiday weekend

first_imgThe Manchester smart motorway stretches 17 miles between junction 8 of the M60 near Carrington and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale. The scheme is Highways England’s most complex smart motorway project, covering 13 junctions – an average of one junction every 1.4 miles.The 10 miles of extra lanes on the M62 have increased capacity on the stretch of motorway which links Greater Manchester to Yorkshire by a third, and new variable speed limits have also been introduced on electronic signs on both the M60 and M62 to tackle congestion and keep traffic flowing.Drivers will be able to use wider lanes on the westbound carriageway between junction 18 at Simister and junction 15 at Worsley, and between junctions 15 and 17 on the eastbound carriageway from Friday morning. Narrow lanes are also due to be removed between junctions 17 and 18 on the eastbound carriageway early next month.A temporary 50mph speed limit will remain in place between junctions 10 and 18 on the M60 into the summer while construction and technology work takes place to finish the smart motorway upgrade.The work will include completing a new concrete safety barrier in the central reservation, fitting electronic signs to overhead gantries, installing new street lights and commissioning the new technology along the route.Some overnight resurfacing work will continue into the autumn on parts of the M60 once the smart motorway is operational. This work will take place at night so that the route can remain fully open with no impact on drivers during the day.When the smart motorway is complete, traffic sensors will automatically monitor the flow of traffic and adjust the speed limit accordingly, tackling the stop/start conditions and tailbacks caused by sudden braking.A total of 50 CCTV cameras will also provide 100% coverage of the route, and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents.You can view more details on the Manchester smart motorway scheme.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. We’re now at the stage where we can remove the temporary narrow lanes on part of the M60 in time for the bank holiday weekend, and we’re working to complete the remaining construction work as soon as possible. We’re on schedule to be able to remove all the roadworks on the North West’s first smart motorway by the end of August, improving journeys for the 180,000 drivers who use the route every day. Across the country, some 237 miles of roadworks are being removed by 6am on Friday 25 May for the bank holiday getaway, meaning more than 98 per cent of the motorway and major A-road network managed by Highways England will be roadworks-free.Smart motorway roadworks have already been completed between junctions 8 and 10 on the M60 near the Trafford Centre and between junctions 18 and 20 on the M62 near Rochdale, where drivers have been able to use an extra lane in each direction since December last year.Temporary narrow lanes are now due to be removed on a 4-mile stretch of the M60 as Highways England works towards completing its smart motorway upgrade this summer.Khalid El-Rayes, Project Manager for the Manchester smart motorway upgrade at Highways England, said:last_img read more