The Wales boss not only saw his side finish down in fifth with just a victory over Italy to their name, but also took the bold decision to sack his defence coach Byron Hayward this week as a result of their poor performances this year.
They begin their Autumn Nations Cup campaign against an Irish side who will be smarting from their last-day defeat against France two weeks ago that cost them the title, with Andy Farrell set to hand a debut to New Zealand-born wing James Lowe as well as former England Under-20 international Billy Burns, younger brother of ex-England fly-half Freddie.
The two sides face off on Friday night before the remaining round-one fixtures take place on Saturday, with teams split into two groups of four ahead of a finals weekend in December.
England and Georgia join Wales and Ireland in Group A, meaning the four teams will face off in a round-robin format over the next three weekends before each faces one of France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji.
When is the match?
Ireland vs Wales takes place at the Aviva Stadium on Friday 13 November.
What time does it start?
The match kicks off at 7pm GMT.
What TV channel is it on?
The match will be shown live on Channel 4 from 6:30pm.
It will also be streamed live via the Channel 4 website.
Ireland: Jacob Stockdale; Hugo Keenan, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Jamison Gibson-Park; Cian Healy, Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Porter; Iain Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.
Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Will Connors, Conor Murray, Billy Burns, Keith Earls.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis; Will Rowlands, Alun Wyn Jones; Shane Lewis-Hughes, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Aaron Wainwright, Lloyd Williams, Callum Sheedy, George North.
Ireland to win: 3/10
Wales to win: 13/5
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