Stephen Jones has put Wales on red alert against Six Nations top scorer Ronan O'Gara.
Fly-half Jones becomes only the sixth player in Welsh rugby history to win his 80th cap after re-claiming his place for Saturday's title showdown.
Now he faces a shoot-out for the British Lions jersey with Ireland hot-shot O'Gara, who is on the verge of smashing the 500-point ceiling in the Six Nations.
Jones said: "You only have to look at the statistics to see how important O'Gara is to Ireland.
"He's a brilliant kicker at the top level, both with Munster and Ireland, and he compliments that pack by keeping them on the front foot. We have to put pressure him because we can't allow him to dictate events. He does that too well.
"Whoever wins the kicking battle will inevitably win the game."
Wales coach Warren Gatland lit the blue touch paper after by revealing the Welsh players "dislike" Ireland. But experienced campaigner Jones was more tactful.
He said: "There's a strong element of rivalry between the two teams that has built up over the last few years so we know exactly what a good side Ireland are.
"They've put themselves in a fantastic position but there's a lot more to come from us. We played well for an hour against Scotland and in patches against England, France and Italy, but we still have the Triple Crown to win and we're fully aware of the 13 points margin needed to win the championship.
"You would have to be an idiot not to realise there is pressure on both teams. But if you can't get excited as a player for this game, then you may as well give up playing."
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.