Just the one change in the Ireland squad to face Wales

Just the one change in the Ireland squad to face Wales

"It's devastating", admitted the defeated skipper.

Last year, the Welsh managed three wins, one draw and a loss to finish second behind unbeaten England, but so far, have lost two out of three this competition.

That second score was quickly followed by the withdrawal of Murray who had spent the previous 10 minutes running around with a gammy arm which starved his side of quick ball at the ruck.

For Rob Howley - in interim charge of Wales while Warren Gatland concentrates on British and Irish Lions issues - he is thinking short term.

"We're frustrated at the mistakes we made, credit to Wales they played very well as we knew they would because they're a quality side but we made too many errors".

Wales' erstwhile coach Warren Gatland, seconded for a second time to coach the Lions, will no doubt be casting a keen eye on what could prove to be a decisive game for many players on the worldwide stage.

"We know that it will only happen if we perform tomorrow, and that is all we will be focusing on".

"We weren't saying there was any type of demise".

Captain Best added: "We're bitterly disappointed". That's how it proved to be.

But out of a fractious fortnight, that included public dressing downs for more than one senior player, came a togetherness - and not just among the squad.

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"I really did feel that our first 15 minutes, we put them under some huge pressure and got very close to scoring".

Howley said the fact Faletau played for Bath against Wasps in the English Premiership was factor in the decision to retain the number eight on the bench while Charteris is named among the replacements despite the fact he is still undergoing return to play protocols after taking a blow to the head in that match.

Cardiff Blues loose head prop Rhys Carre will be chasing another try to go with the ones he has already claimed against Italy and Scotland, while Blues outside half Ben Jones will be hoping to add to his 53 points to date.

"Conceding the last try, we were try to do a whole lot off slow ball going backwards and in the end we set ourselves up to be scored against".

"It's hugely frustrating to lose these games".

"That costs you dearly".

Best maintained Ireland were more concerned with ensuring good conditions than fretting over handing their hosts any mental edge generated by the palpably increased crowd noise. We've worked hard in this RBS 6 Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner.

History, however, is against the visitors, with Scotland last tasting victory at Twickenham 1983, while it's been nine years since they last beat England anywhere.

One thing you can say is that the Irish team gave it everything they had.

It was a great advert for Six Nations rugby.