"It's harder to breath" - Alan Quinlan on Cardiff's closed roof

The former Ireland and Munster star was speaking ahead of Friday's game

BY Daniel Kelly 10:01 Friday 10 March 2017, 10:01 10 Mar 2017

Alan Quinlan played under the roof in the 2008 Heineken Cup Final. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ireland play Wales on Friday night in the opening match of the penultimate round of fixtures in this year's Six Nations. 

The game will be played under the roof of Cardiff's Principality Stadium, after the IRFU agreed with the Welsh wishes to play the game under a closed roof. All away teams in the Six Nations can veto Wales' request of the roof's usage if they wish. England decided to play with the roof open last month against Welsh wishes. 

Speaking on Friday morning, Newstalk Breakfast's Alan Quinlan spoke about what it is like to play indoors in Cardiff. The former Munster and Ireland star played under the roof on numerous occasions, most notably in the 2008 Heineken Cup final. 

"It's probably good for Wales and the home crowd", Quinlan said. "It certainly creates more atmosphere and more noise for the home team".

"I don't think it matters hugely to the Irish guys playing there. A lot of players will have played with the roof closed, and with it open. It's the same for both sides. I think the only difference will be the crowd noise."

"It's no issue for me. I've played with the roof closed and the roof open. It doesn't really make a huge difference. It's harder to breath with the roof closed, and it's warmer, but it's the same for both teams."

"You don't want rain coming in and ruining [the game]... It's an incredible stadium. We have happy memories there".

Wales' record with the roof open and closed is very similar to each other, and should give neither team a specific advantage on Friday night.

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