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SportPrincipality Stadium roof row escalates as Ireland coach Joe Schmidt claims Wales asked Six Nations bosses for it to be closed

23:15  14 march  2019
23:15  14 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Josef ' Joe ' Schmidt is a New Zealand-born rugby union coach , who is currently the head coach of Ireland . In five years under his leadership, Ireland have won three Six Nations Championships, and recorded their first-ever wins over his home nation of New Zealand.

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Principality Stadium roof row escalates as Ireland coach Joe Schmidt claims Wales asked Six Nations bosses for it to be closed © Getty Joe Schmidt's Ireland travel to Wales this weekend Joe Schmidt has hinted Wales broke protocol in asking Six Nations bosses to close the Principality Stadium roof in Saturday's tournament decider in Cardiff.

Under Six Nations rules, both teams would have to agree for the Principality Stadium roof to be closed in the weekend's denouement.

Schmidt revealed Wales asked Six Nations chiefs for the roof to be closed due to poor weather forecasts, leaving the Ireland head coach mildly vexed but pledging to adapt either way.

Ireland still should receive the final say on the roof but Schmidt refused to be drawn, simply insisting his team would cope one way or another.

'There's been a request from Wales that in the interest of the quality of the game and the very poor weather forecast that the roof be closed,' said Schmidt.

'So they've said to the Six Nations directly, "can it be closed?".'

When it was put to Schmidt that normally the visitors would be asked to decide on the roof, Schmidt replied: 'Yes, normally, normally.'

And when asked what Ireland want, Schmidt continued: 'We'll adapt, we'll adapt.

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Official website of the Principality Stadium , iconic sports venue, concerts, exhibitions and conferences in Cardiff, Wales , UK. Current Grand Slam champions Ireland are the visitors for the fifth and final round clash against Wales at Principality Stadium .

The Ireland head coach , Joe Schmidt , conceded the Six Nations title after his side suffered their heaviest defeat by Wales in 34 years.

'At the moment I'm not sure about the roof.'

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Ireland boss Schmidt fears closing the roof could make precious little difference in any case, recalling how he believes Wales over-watered the pitch back in 2017, when the hosts prevailed 22-9.

'For us, last time we said "look, we don't mind, you choose",' said Schmidt.

'And they chose closed, but made the field incredibly wet at the start of the game.

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

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Ireland ’s last visit to Cardiff to face Wales in the Six Nations , two years ago, was a match unsparing in its ferocity, a gruellingly physical contest in which By not insisting that the roof be open, Schmidt is showing he is operating from a position of strength, leaving Wales in danger of eaves dropping.

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'We'll adapt to whatever conditions the game's played in.

'And if the Six Nations decide that it's going to be closed, well it will be closed and we'll play in those conditions.

'And if they decide that it's open, then we'll play in those conditions.

'For us, I think, the last time it was closed we arrived there and there was a lot said about making it good for spectators.

'And then the sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and the ground was very, very damp before the game started.

'So that probably enters into our minds about which closed is it going to be? Is it going to be closed and wet, or is it going to be closed and dry?

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The Principality Stadium roof will be OPEN for the Wales v England clash in Cardiff this Saturday – on Wales ' default position is to always leave the roof closed for home matches, but in this Wales coach Warren Gatland expressed his frustration that Wales can't have the roof open but insisted: ' It

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'If it's closed and wet, we might as well have the roof open and let the rain come in.'

Wales boss Warren Gatland confirmed he was waiting on a final decision, but expected Ireland to ask for the roof to be open.

'We have not heard definitively but we understand they want it open, which is not a concern for us,' said Gatland.

'My only concern is that if it is pouring down with rain then we do have a responsibility to the game for a spectacle.

'That's a decision that is out of my hands. Both teams have to agree to the roof being closed so that means basically the away team decides what happens in our stadium.

'I have made a number of comments in the past about that. It's our stadium and we should be able to do what we want with it.'

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