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Summary

  1. Full-time score: Wales 22-9 Ireland
  2. Wales deal Ireland's Six Nations title hopes a major blow
  3. England will retain title if they beat Scotland on Saturday
  4. North scores two tries for Wales, Roberts gets clincher
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Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Get involved

    #bbcsixnations

    Will Ireland keep the pressure on England and Scotland? Or is it a night for a Welsh revival? Who are the key men on the field? Where will the battle be won or lost?

    Let us know your pre-match thoughts by texting us on 81111 (UK Only, with a name on please) or tweeting us at # bbcsixnations 

  2. The calm before the storm...

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

  3. Tune in

    England v Scotland (16:00 GMT Saturday)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    We will of course have full live text commentary of the action from Twickenham tomorrow afternoon - and you can hear full match commentary on BBC radio 5 live online and on your radio.

    Build-up starts from 15:00 GMT. 

  4. England wait on Farrell

    England v Scotland (16:00 GMT Saturday)

    Owen Farrell remains a doubt for England's Six Nations encounter with Scotland after missing training at Twickenham on Friday.

    The centre, 25, did not take part after sustaining a leg knock on Thursday.

    "He's pretty resilient. He will do the right thing by the team and by his body," assistant coach Paul Gustard told BBC 5 live.

    Owen Farrell

    Scotland coach Vern Cotter has brought Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson into the side in the only change to the team.

    The back-rower replaces club-mate John Hardie, who is injured, while Cornell du Preez comes on to the bench.

  5. Scotland win 'not a shock'

    England v Scotland (16:00 GMT Saturday)

    Stuart Hogg

    Full-back Stuart Hogg says it should not be considered a shock if Scotland secure a Six Nations victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

    They have not beaten England since 2008 and not won at Twickenham since 1983.

    But Hogg, who has scored three tries in the campaign so far, says this side is capable of reclaiming the Calcutta Cup.

    "We're no longer a team that just turns up, lies down and allows our bellies to be tickled," said the 24-year-old. "We're more than capable of winning."

  6. All to play for...

    England v Scotland (16:00 GMT Saturday)

    A win for Ireland tonight, and a win for Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, and we have an awesome final weekend ahead.

    Alternatively, a win for Wales tonight means that England could be champions by Saturday tea-time.

    Whatever happens it won't be dull so settle in for the weekend...

  7. Ireland agree to roof closure

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

    The Guardian

    Joe Schmidt

    Eddie Jones played mind games with Wales before England's 21-16 victory in Cardiff a month ago, by insisting the Principality Stadium roof stayed open just minutes before the 48-hour deadline.

    But Ireland, and their head coach Joe Schmidt, have agreed to Wales' request for the roof to be shut without any fuss.

    The Guardian believes it a measure of Ireland's confidence that they have agreed to this in a must win match - they are second in the table, three points behind an unbeaten England who they face next Saturday.

    Meanwhile, fourth-placed Wales are out of title contention after back-to-back defeats by England and Scotland.

  8. Friday night lights

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

    Principality Stadium

    There have been seven Six Nations matches held on a Friday night since the fixture was introduced in 2009 - and six of those contests have been hosted by Wales in Cardiff.

    The other match, still involving Wales, saw them take on France in Paris seven years ago.

  9. Where can I watch/listen tonight?

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    This page here is of course the best place to follow tonight's game, but you can also watch live coverage from 19:30 GMT on BBC One or at the top of this page.

    Just press play.

    There is also build up from 19:00 on BBC Radio 5 live, followed by full match commentary, plus a Wales v Ireland Forum between 21:55 and 22:20 on BBC Red Button, Connected TV and online.

  10. Under the roof

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

    The cauldron becomes a pressure cooker. The roof is closed for tonight's game. Turn volume to 11...

  11. As it stands

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

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    Victory for Ireland this evening would keep the pressure at the top of the standings cranked right up, and make Saturday's England v Scotland showdown even more mouth watering.

    Wales need a performance but can no longer win the trophy this year. 

  12. Playing for pride

    Wales v Ireland (20:05 GMT)

    Wales fan

    Beware the wounded dragon?

    Wales' chances of taking the Six Nations have long since gone up in smoke but tonight they have a home crowd to entertain - and appease. 

    After back to back defeats the hosts are in huge need of a result which could also put a considerable dent in Ireland's hopes.

    Rhys Webb

    With still unbeaten England facing their toughest Scottish test in years at Twickenham on Saturday, the Friday night showdown in Cardiff could go a long way to deciding the destiny of the trophy.

    Garry Ringrose

    An away win for Ireland could set up a potential title decider with England in Dublin next weekend.

    But Wales - and indeed Scotland - will have plenty to say about that over the next 24 hours.

    Let the games begin...