Sexton warns Wales: Ireland have stopped winning runs before

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"The academy system is truly working in Wales now, and we are finding out who the top guys are from the age of 16 to 19, and we are holding on to them and not letting them fall through the fishnet", said Warburton, who retired from professional rugby a year ago at the age of 29.

It is also his final Six Nations game as Wales boss - he steps down after the World Cup in Japan later this year - and Anscombe has no doubt how highly he rates.

Wales are on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam - won by Ireland previous year - and will secure that superb triumph by beating Sexton's men this weekend. And, with Wales on a record run of 13 successive wins under Warren Gatland, Schmidt insists Ireland will have to maintain focus throughout next Saturday's contest to deny the home side.

"He has got to go down as Wales' best coach", said Anscombe, whose parents will travel from New Zealand to watch Saturday's Cardiff encounter.

However, they need to win the final game against World number two ranked team Ireland when the two teams lock horns with each other in Cardiff on Saturday that will take their tally to 20 points.

"It mightn't have been 80-minutes but for 50, 60, 70-minutes we showed some really, really good stuff".

"The home ground get right behind the Welsh team there".

The ideal scenario for both would be to finish with a victory over Wales, hope that Scotland could deliver a shock win over the English and snatch the Championship.

"Those two games were as significant as any big win we've had in the last 12 months, purely because it truly highlights the strength in depth we do have".

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"Honestly, there was nothing majorly broken in the first few games".

Sexton said Best - who turns 37 in August - would be much missed when he retires from Test rugby after the World Cup.

"We have got to be disciplined".

Best, who joked that Ireland coach Joe Schmidt did not want him to play on after he left, said his mind could yet be swayed to stay on playing until the end of next season.

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"I'm sure the Welsh boys were sitting back, recovered, had their feet up today, watching".

"Now, I'd love it if we put two of those together but I know it's very hard to do".

"If you become distracted at all then there's a risk that they won?t be replicated the following time you get out there and play". He was pretty sore Thursday.

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek has admitted both men must now come through training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday to be ready for the weekend's Cardiff trip.