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Open Principality Stadium roof provokes furious debate

Ireland’s decision to keep the roof of the Principality Stadium open against Wales tomorrow has been the catalyst of a huge discussion on Twitter.

The match looks like it will be played in treacherous conditions during storm Gareth in Cardiff, as Ireland hope to prevent Wales from winning a Grand Slam. Many Welsh fans are furious with this decision, feeling that the home side should be entitled to chose, rather than the away side. It is hard to determine which team would actually benefit most from playing in the wind and rain, but Principality Stadium is renowned for conjuring a rapturous atmosphere, particularly with the roof on, which can obviously be intimidating for the opposition.

With the game in the balance, and very hard to call, each side will obviously want every possible advantage they can take. However, there are many neutrals that have questioned why the roof is not closed, simply from a viewing perspective. Many feel that the roof was installed for occasions like these, and it is senseless to not take advantage of the facilities.

Then again, there is a huge number of fans that agree with the roof being open, primarily because rugby is an outdoor, winter sport. The fans have said that part of rugby is being able to contend with the elements, rather than simply always playing in dry conditions. Furthermore, the visiting team will not have the opportunity to train under the roof, which would deprive them of becoming accustomed to the stadium if there are any differences.

In such a crucial game in the Six Nations, where bonus points may prove to be crucial, some fans have also said that this is only fair, as England will be facing Scotland in very similar conditions at Twickenham on the same day.

With the World Cup in Japan later this year, where there is a chance of very similar conditions, some Welsh fans are saying that this will be great preparation in inclement weather.

Once again, this is not a topic that is simply being discussed by Welsh and Irish fans ahead of their match, as this is a matter regarding the integrity of rugby.

This is a topic that is always controversial, and it will undoubtedly occur again, but in a game with so much at stake, this may be the most contentious instance yet.

Watch: Wales head coach Warren Gatland looks ahead to Ireland match

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Open Principality Stadium roof provokes furious debate