"It doesn't come much tougher than the host team in the first game but in every tournament you look forward to getting a game under your belt and we have prepared well."
Wales have named a strong side for the game with a pack that is backboned by a large contingent from the Dragons with Blues hooker Rhys Williams named as captain.
"We've been down to Musgrave Park and we are really pleased with the facilities. I think the boys will enjoy playing here and now we just want the festival to get underway."
Wales team to play Ireland Wednesday, March 08, 19:30, Musgrave Park, Cork
15-9: James Loxton (Blues), Adam Hughes (Dragons), Ben John (Ospreys), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Ieuan Coombes (Dragons), Matthew Jarvis (Ospreys), Rhys Downes (Blues)
1-8: Daniel Watchurst (Dragons), Rhys Williams (Blues) (captain), Stewart Maguire (Dragons), Tom Crandon (Dragons), Joel Galley (Scarlets), Dave Francis (Dragons), Rhys Jenkins (Dragons), James Thomas (Dragons)
Replacements: Liam Powell, Chris Lewis Pratt (Exiles), Morgan Allan, Dave Francis, (all Dragons), Gareth Jenkins, Ceri Davies, Lloyd Peers (Ospreys) James King, Gareth Davies, James Davies (all Scarlets).