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Byrne ready to wreck Irish dream

Lee Byrne
Byrne is a clutch of players hoping to make the British Lions squad

Lee Byrne is confident Wales can beat Grand Slam-chasing Ireland by 13 points to seal back-to-back Six Nations Championship titles.

The full-back admits Wales have not been firing but can still end Irish hopes of a first Grand Slam since 1948.

Wales need to overcome Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday by 13 to seal the title on points difference.

"Hopefully we can get that 13 points and I'm sure we can. [We are] all about winning championships," said Byrne.

"If we are clicking I think we are capable of beating any team by 13.

"They [Ireland] haven't set the world alight themselves and probably we haven't either. But I'm sure it will be an interesting game [and] a great occasion on the weekend."

The British Lion candidate came off against Italy with an ankle injury but it is not serious enough to sideline him against Ireland.

Byrne defended Wales' kicking game which saw them lose to France and only narrowly overcome Italy [20-15] last weekend.

"Everyone seems to be disappointed but we are happy that we got a victory out there [in Italy]," insisted the Ospreys star.

"Obviously we didn't play as well we would have liked to but we still came away with a victory. I think that is credit to the boys.

"Last year we won a Grand Slam by [adopting a kicking game] and there were no complaints then. So we are going to stick to the same tactics and hopefully come away with a victory."

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