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Sunday 17 December 2017

The Red Dragon army battling to beat the weather

THOUSANDS of Welsh rugby fans will be praying the heavy snow will ease before their flights to Dublin for the Six Nations opener.

The Red Dragon army has already descended on the capital, but many more followers are hoping to fly in later today.

But weather forecasters are warning that subzero temperatures could ground some flights out of the UK airports.

Temperatures reached as low -5C at Cardiff Airport yesterday and temperatures were cold enough to freeze a fountain.

And rugby WAG Lucy Whitehouse will be leading the supporting Welsh ladies, making the pilgrimage to her boyfriend's, Ireland winger Tommy Bowe, homeland.

The former Miss Wales said that she was "looking forward to visiting Ireland this weekend".

The Welsh supporters will be buoyed by a strong performance during the Rugby World Cup and want to wreak revenge on Ireland's Grand Slam success in 2009.

However, they know that the Irish side are baying for blood in front of an expectant crowd as Wales were responsible for killing their World Cup dreams.

And Welsh player Jamie Roberts knows just how significant tomorrow's game is.

"It's got all the ingredients of being a classic. Two Celtic teams who like to play rugby and fans who get on well and share the same values. That similarity always makes for a good game."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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