A lot of solidity in this arena, the fiftieth performance in the championship with Healy and Sexton Captain: “Greens” with these men trying to conquer Cardiff
Andy Farrell Ireland’s XV have announced that they will challenge Wales in Cardiff on Sunday (4.00 pm Italian time, live on motor trend) in the final match of the first day of the six nations. It will be an expert team consisting of “greens” led by Cian Healy with the 105th cap (50th in six countries) achievement. The front row will have herring and porter, starting a year later from the furlong bench. In the second line, Rookes is not present, leaving room for the very solid Bain-Ryan couple, and in the third the “dirty” job is done by the terrible trio O’Malley-van der Flyer-Stadner. More experienced midfielder than Murray Sexton (captain and twelfth Six Nations career). Along with Healy, Oh Mahoney and Earls, they are the five veterans of the last Irish victory in Cardiff in 2013.
All of these pairs of centers will be branded as liners with Henshow-Ring Rose, the wings will be operated by Lowe and Earls, and Keane will be deployed in the extreme position. So there will be only two men from Munster and five from Leinster in the seven backs. Natural Gibson-Park, who is set to replace Murray, and Bulli Burns, who is expected to provide support in the second half, and returning Jordan Larmer are unlikely to make any new rookies on the bench.
Ireland line-up for the six-nation match against Wales on Day 1:
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Gary Ringross, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Jonathan Sexton (c), 9 Connor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flyer, 6 Peter O’Mahoney, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadg Bear, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Sean Healy
Available: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Dave Kilcoin, 18 Tadg Furlong, 19 Ian Henderson, 20 Will Connors, 21 Jamieson Gibson-Park, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Jordan Larmore
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