Eire captain Greatest introduced final week that he plans to retire after this yr’s Rugby World Cup, that means Saturday’s match at Cardiff will likely be his final in a contest by which his facet loved Grand Slam glory final yr.
However Wales is as an alternative getting ready to the Grand Slam and Eire should triumph whether it is to retain any hope of even defending the title.
Greatest and his teammates have delivered quite a few excellent shows in recent times, however their departing skipper believes they should enhance additional to upset Warren Gatland’s males.
“It is extremely particular for me and my household,” Greatest mentioned of the match. “I used to be sufficiently old to observe the 5 Nations and as a household we went down for practically each residence sport.
“After which to be extremely fortunate to play in it for therefore a few years, it is a correct conventional, rugby match.
“Whereas I’ll miss the matches, there will likely be moments like struggling to place a pre-match meal down your neck and having all these nerves working round which I will not miss. It will likely be good to benefit from the matches with my household.
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“There have been so many highs but in addition so many lows. My first Six Nations cap was towards Wales in 2006. It appears so way back however it has additionally gone in a flash.
“Other than the Aviva, there may be nowhere else I might relatively play than right here particularly when there’s something on the road.
“I am going to strive to not get too emotional. Hopping on the bus, the workforce anthems, realizing that that is the final time you may ever do any of this stuff, that particular ambiance within the dressing room when everyone seems to be knackered.
“Fascinated about these moments makes you emotional. However I’ve dragged the a— out of it for lengthy sufficient now.
“I wished to exit on my phrases, once I really feel I am taking part in effectively and we all know we nonetheless have one thing to do later within the yr.
“[Saturday] will take certainly one of our greatest performances of the Six Nations, arguably the most effective efficiency this group has produced.
“We have now produced good performances earlier than, however it’s so powerful to return right here towards a facet on such a profitable roll, on this place which is extremely powerful to win anyway.”