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Summary

  1. Result: Wales 21-35 Ireland
  2. Ireland win World Cup warm-up at Millennium Stadium
  3. Result: Australia 27-19 New Zealand
  4. Australia win in Sydney to claim Rugby Championship

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

And, on that note, it's time to bring our coverage of today's rugby union action to a close.

After all the waiting, it's starting to feel like the World Cup really is just around the corner.

Thanks for joining us, we'll see you soon.

Ireland on the up

FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

Ireland lift the Six Nations trophy
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Victory against Wales today not only will have boosted confidence - it also moved Ireland above South Africa and up to second in the world rankings, their highest-ever position.

It certainly has been a fine 12 months or so for the Irish, having recorded wins over the Springboks and Australia during last year's autumn internationals and then gone on to secure the Six Nations on

that epic final day in March.

FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

Wales captain Scott Williams tells BBC One Wales: "Ireland had a lot of experience and that showed in the end.

"I was happy with the way we finished the game. Our training has had a big focus on conditioning. It is the first time we have played together as a team and it was a big occasion.

"With some lads winning their first caps it was a little bit disappointing we didn't celebrate with a win."

FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

"With ball in hand Wales have looked threatening but they have not got their basics right.

"They will know now what they have got to do in a fortnight when they go to Dublin."

Ireland host Wales at the Aviva Stadium on 29 August.

FT: Wales 21-35 Ireland

Wales v Ireland
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Full-time

Wales 21-35 Ireland

Job done for Ireland. Over the 80 minutes Joe Schmidt's side deserve their comfortable victory.

Try (Cuthbert, con Anscombe)

Wales 21-35 Ireland

And Wales have a try! Having secured good ball from the set-piece, a fine move is finished on the right-hand corner by British & Irish Lions wing Alex Cuthbert.

Gareth Anscombe's conversion is good and brings to a close this World Cup warm-up match.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

Ireland are keeping the ball quite nicely here, moving up to the Welsh 22. But then it's knocked on - so we'll have one final examination of these two packs.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

The game is won for Ireland, of course, but can one of these sides finish with a flourish? Hallam Amos clears long, Felix Jones gathers and gets the away side up into the Wales half.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

Warm applause rings around the Millennium Stadium for Tommy O'Donnell, who's lifted onto the buggy and stretchered off. Looks can be deceiving, granted, but he does look in a lot of discomfort. Not nice.

The clock is back on again.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

This is the stuff nightmares are made of. The stretcher is on for Tommy O'Donnell now, and the 28-year-old forward is taking some gas and air on too.

With 41 days to go until the World Cup starts, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have everything crossed this isn't as bad as it looks like it might be.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

"For the Ireland boys this performance puts pressure on the first-choice players. We all know the Wales first-choice team but they have not put them under any pressure, they have been poor today."

Wales 14-35 Ireland

A brief pause in play as Tommy O'Donnell and Alex Cuthbert both receive treatment. Friendly or not, it's been a pretty bruising afternoon.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

Ireland, almost stung into action by that Wales score, are on the attack themselves now. They have the ball inside the hosts' 22, but Tommy O'Donnell spills the ball having beaten the first tackler.

Wales 14-35 Ireland

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

"It was great support by Tipuric and was a great finish too - but unfortunately I think it is too little, too late."

Try (Tipuric, con Anscombe)

Wales 14-35 Ireland

If you believe in commentator's curse then I'm claiming that one. It's the try of the match.

A flowing Wales move down the left-hand side, featuring two brilliant offloads from Tyler Morgan and then Hallam Amos, allows Justin Tipuric to cross the whitewash. Superb.

Gareth Anscombe converts, the Irish lead is cut to 21 points.

Tipuric try
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Wales 7-35 Ireland

Another Wales knock on means another Irish scrum, and replacement scrum-half Kieran Marmion has the put-in. This game, with the large margin that separates the sides on the scoreboard, is just petering out a bit.

Wales 7-35 Ireland

That's not Hallam Amos's finest moment, attempting to stab the ball forward but taking a complete air-shot. Ireland have the scrum, and Simon Zebo arrows a low kick forward to peg Wales back inside their own half.

Wales 7-35 Ireland

We're just hearing that Wales captain Scott Williams, withdrawn a little while ago, was indeed taken off as an injury precaution. It sounds as though he's picked up an ankle niggle.

Wales 7-35 Ireland

But Dominic Day has knocked on, offering Ireland a reprieve. Ireland have the put in at the scrum, about seven metres from their own try-line.

Sin-bin (Henry)

Wales 7-35 Ireland

Wales will have a penalty now too, which Matthew Morgan taps and runs. And another penalty! This time Chris Henry is the offender, and the referee dishes out a yellow card. The hosts head for touch.

Wales 7-35 Ireland

What can Wales rescue, if anything, from this World Cup warm up? All of their replacements are now on the field, with 22 minutes to play.

Eli Walker gets his team over the gain line and into Irish territory.

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Try (Jones, missed con Jackson)

Wales 7-35 Ireland

That's an excellently worked try, as Ireland fire the ball from right to left, allowing Felix Jones to cross into the corner. This has been really good from Joe Schmidt's side, a very solid performance, although Paddy Jackson is unable to convert this time.

Wales 7-30 Ireland

Wales are on the attack now then, working through the phases. But Jamie Heaslip, who has been everywhere today, has turned it over to send Ireland forward. The captain has led from the front.

Replacements

Wales 7-30 Ireland

A couple of notable replacements to tell you about, as half-backs Mike Phillips and James Hook are withdrawn. Gareth Anscombe and Lloyd Williams are on, Anscombe for his Wales debut.

And, as I type, Kristian Dacey is on too. That means we've now seen six Welsh debutants this afternoon.

Try (Zebo, missed con Jackson)

Wales 7-30 Ireland

And they make no mistake from close range, with Simon Zebo darting around a pile of bodies to touch down. Another simple try for Ireland.

Paddy Jackson misses the conversion, but the lead is back up to 23 points.

Zebo try
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Wales 7-25 Ireland

Ireland are immediately on the attack too, piling bodies forward. That's some decent defence by Wales though, forcing the Irish ball-carrier out of play - although the touch judge has actually awarded the visitors the line-out. This could be dangerous.

Sin-bin (Moriarty)

Wales 7-25 Ireland

What have we got here then? It looks like, as Simon Zebo carried the ball into contact, Ross Moriarty has caught the winger with a swinging arm. The TMO sees it that way too, so the Gloucester forward will spend the next 10 minutes in the bin.

Wales 7-25 Ireland

That's sloppy from skipper Scott Williams, dropping the ball as Wales came forward. Ireland's scrum is solid enough too, although Hallam Amos is under the high kick to get the hosts moving in the right direction once more.

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Wales 7-25 Ireland

Wales's only change sees Taulupe Faletau enter the action. Meanwhile, Ireland have given away a penalty at the breakdown, so James Hook kicks the ball into touch.

Kick-off

Wales 7-25 Ireland

Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson gets us under way, sending forward an early up and under for half-time replacement Simon Zebo to chase.

HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

Right then, the players have returned to the field, so let's get this match moving again.

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HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

So with 30 players on the field all hoping to catch the eye, who's impressed you so far? Are any of these fringe players on their way to sealing a spot at the World Cup?

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HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

Richard Williams,. BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

"Well, the crowd woke up just before the interval - because Wales suddenly arrived at the party. Not as vociferous or rowdy as they would be at a Six Nations match, but very eager to see Wales do well, as the cheer that greeted Richard Hibbard's confirmed.

"But the travelling Irish will be far happier supping their half-time refreshments after Joe Schmidt's team dominated the first half hour."

Let the trimming commence

HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

Chris Ashton
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So with the warm-up games now under way, this is where the head coaches will start hacking their squads down to the final 31 that'll make the cut come the submission deadline on 31 August.

While Wales coach Warren Gatland has said he'll whittle is current squad down from 46 to

"36 or 38" before they next meet Ireland on 29 August, Stuart Lancaster has already set about reducing the numbers in his England party.

Last night it was announced that

seven players would play no further part in their World Cup preparations, including Saracens wing Chris Ashton.

Marland Yarde, scrum-half Lee Dickson and centre Kyle Eastmond also among those to miss out but, as expected, Sam Burgess remains.

Wales 7-25 Ireland

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC One Wales

"The last few minutes has been a confidence boost for Wales. It has shown them they can keep the ball.

"For 30 minutes Ireland looked in total control and a very quality side."

HT: Wales 7-25 Ireland

Wales v Ireland
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Half-time

Wales 7-25 Ireland

Ireland's lead is pretty significant at the break, and well deserved too. They absolutely bossed the opening 35 minutes and, although Richard Hibbard's late try may have given Wales some hope, it still looks a long way back from here.