He was very close to being able to play last Saturday, but his was the kind of injury where a week can make all the difference. Eddie O'Sullivan has made only one other change besides bringing back Brian - Donncha O'Callaghan's in at lock and he brings an increased level of oomph into the side.
Wales lost every game in the RBS Six Nations last year, and I felt that talk before the start of this year's championship of a Welsh resurgence was ridiculous as it was only based on a couple of performances in the World Cup.
But they had a purple patch in their win against Scotland, and they'll arrive in Dublin full of confidence. They were within a kick of beating us in Cardiff last year, and they have definitely improved since. It all points to the game being very close this time.