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Published: 19:34 | 3/2/16

Trimble relishing Wales clash

Predicts hard physical encounter

Winger Andrew Trimble says Ireland will be looking to settle a few scores with Wales when the teams meet in their RBS Six Nations opener at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Wales have come out on top of some key clashes between the sides over the past few years, including the 2011 World Cup quarter-final, last year's Six Nations clash in Cardiff and Paul O'Connell's Aviva farewell in August, and the Ulster winger is keen for revenge.

“Over the last couple of years this massive rivalry has really developed between Wales and Ireland. That could make Sunday a big, big occasion, and a big opportunity to get one over on them," he said.

"We’ve been on the receiving end the last few times but we’re really excited about the challenge that’s ahead of us. It’s going to be very, very physical, the intensity is going to be through the roof and I think hopefully that’s going to bring the best out of us.

“The last two years it hasn't gone our way and that just naturally makes you more up for the next game. A lot of guys who played in the friendly in August before the World Cup will be remembering the disappointment in the game.

"It was Paulie’s last opportunity to play at the Aviva and it didn't go to plan.

"That was a disappointing afternoon for the boys. That makes the next encounter with Wales a bigger occasion and hopefully we’ll rise to it.

“It’s going to take a lot out of us, but we’re looking forward to it. The amount of threats that Wales bring to the game, with their midfield, with their wingers, with their kicking game, with Biggar... there’s going to be an awful lot of hard work to do in the back field with Biggar and his kicking game.

"He can pick out corners that not a lot of 10s can, so there’s a bigger threat there from my point of view as a winger.

“I’m enjoying my rugby. I think a season out with a couple of injuries gave me a little bit of perspective and reminded me to make the most of every opportunity you get out there, whether it be in a white jersey or a green jersey.

"I haven’t had many opportunities in green so I’m really looking forward to this.”

By: Kieran O'Daly

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