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Andy Farrell Names Ireland Team To Take On France

Andy Farrell Names Ireland Team To Take On France
By Gary Connaughton
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Andy Farrell has named his Ireland team to take on France in Dublin this weekend, making four changes to the side that lost to Wales.

All four are enforced, with Peter O'Mahony serving the first part of a three match ban after his red card in Cardiff. The Munster man has been replaced by Rhys Ruddock.

Johnny Sexton has not managed to overcome his injury concerns to keep his place in the side, with Billy Burns set to start at ten despite his struggles last week. Another change comes in the second row, with Iain Henderson replacing the injured James Ryan.

The final difference to the team that took on Wales is Jamison Gibson-Park coming in in place of Conor Murray at scrum-half who misses out due to a hamstring strain.

With Ireland's three first choice captains in Sexton, O'Mahony, and Ryan all ruled out, Farrell is set to call on Iain Henderson to fill that role against the French.


This will be a first Six Nations for Burns, while Ruddock is also set to make his first start in the competition over a decade after his test debut.

The likes Craig Casey, Ross Byrne, and Ultan Dillane have all come into the matchday squad.


Here is the team in full.

Ireland will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing result against Wales last week, but this French team will certainly provide a stern challenge.

Their strong home record against this opposition could play a part, with France without a win in Dublin since 2011.


A victory will certainly be needed to have any chance at making a run at the championship this year, while a defeat will be the knives begin to sharpen for Andy Farrell in many quarters.

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