Schmidt will watch Wales closely

first_img Head coach Schmidt has conceded Ireland cannot afford to dismiss launching an all-out attack at Scotland from the off at Murrayfield. Ireland will most likely have to better the points difference of both England and Wales to retain their RBS 6 Nations title. Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday. Press Association Wales kick-off the ‘Super Saturday’ finale by taking on Italy in Rome, before Ireland face Scotland, with England hosting France in the closing clash of the triple-header. Schmidt is fairly confident Ireland will not dispense with their no-nonsense gameplan in Edinburgh – but did admit that could all change if Wales hammer the Italians. “There’s always that potential; I don’t think you can rule anything out, if Wales have a big win,” said Schmidt. “Whatever happens we’ll try to determine what the best thing is for us. “And the one thing I would do is probably throw a word of caution around trying to chase anything other than getting our noses in front of Scotland. “They were unlucky against Wales to lose by three points. “They were probably unlucky with a try that was disallowed, and they got very close to France in Paris too. “They were beaten at the death by Italy and they stayed really competitive against England for a long time. “With the job we’ve got in front of us it would be difficult to get any further ahead than just play that game. “Yes we’ll be keeping an eye on the game before us, and obviously the game after us, we’ll be watching that as well.” England top the championship table on points difference and start the day as slight favourites, given they will know exactly what they need to do against France come kick-off to claim the title. Schmidt believes Wales command the box seat however, given Italy’s propensity to taper off at the back-end of tournaments. Ireland’s 46-7 victory over Italy in Dublin last year proved pivotal to their points-difference title triumph, and Schmidt thinks Wales could produce something similar this weekend. “I think Wales will fancy their chances,” said Schmidt. “Inevitably in the last couple of Six Nations Italy have tended to fade in those last two games. “I know for us and England last year that became very much apparent as opposed to Wales beating them by eight points in the first game. “The forecast in Rome is good and that allows Wales to have a good shot. “We’ll get a little look at what the result is in that game (before facing Scotland). “It can’t affect our preparation, it can’t affect what we’re planning to do, because I think then that becomes a distraction. “And last-minute distractions are never good.” last_img read more

Wilshere set to stay in London and sign for West Ham

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Latest Transfer news from Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Wilshere was a firm favourite at the Emirates, having spent 17 years with Arsenal IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father A deal is now close to agreement, with Wilshere set to pocket £100,000-a-week over three years at the London Stadium.According to The Sun, Pellegrini has assured the midfielder he can expect first-team football in east London.Despite being linked with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the England international looks set to stay in London where he has a young family.Unai Emery, the man who replaced Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot seat, could not offer Wilshere the same first-team opportunities and he duly decided to leave the club. LATEST REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Wilshere is expected to stay in London with West Ham targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Having joined at the age of nine, the midfielder’s 17-year stay with the Gunners come to an end.However, West Ham are willing to take a chance on the England international, who was left heartbroken after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad to go to Russia.The 26-year-old has an extensive injury record, but managed to play 38 games for Arsene Wenger’s side last season as they reached the Carabao Cup Final and the Europa League semi-final. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland West Ham United are closing in on a £100,000-a-week deal to sign Jack Wilshere.The former Arsenal midfielder, who announced he would be leaving the Gunners  last month, looks set to remain in London after positive talks with Manuel Pellegrini. 2 RANKED targets Such is the confidence the deal will be wrapped up soon, The Sun also claim Wilshere will be invited to Switzerland for pre-season training with the rest of the squad.Before joining Arsenal’s academy, the midfielder was in fact a West Ham fan owing to his family’s strong connections with the east London club.last_img read more