England legend Will Carling has said that the imposing attitude of Wales coach Warren Gatland does not suit them.

Carling says Gatland should pick James Hook at fly-half and “set him free”.

“Trying to play a set-piece and a restrained style… is not bringing the best out of the Welsh,” said Carling.

“It might be easy for me to say, but… when Wales are at their best and most dangerous is when they are just playing and taking risks.”

Wales face Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations on Saturday, 12 March having lost there to England in the tournament opener and gone on to win away against Scotland and Italy.

Stephen Jones was dropped from fly-half after the opening 26-19 defeat by England with Gatland preferring Hook to start the 24-6 win over Scotland that followed.