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Plenty Of Changes As Ireland Team To Play Italy Is Named

Plenty Of Changes As Ireland Team To Play Italy Is Named

Andy Farrell has named his Ireland team to play Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.

The side features a completely new front row from that which started the defeat to France earlier this month.

Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher and Tadhg Furlong replace Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter respectively.

Fit once again, James Ryan comes into the second row. That selection means Tadhg Beirne moves from the second row to blindside flanker, taking the spot filled by Rhys Ruddock against France. Will Connors takes the place of Josh van der Flier at openside.

Having missed the France game due to a head injury, Johnny Sexton is fit again and captains the team from out-half. The other change in the backs sees Jordan Lamour replace Keith Earls on the wing.

Jamison Gibson-Park continues at scrum-half with Conor Murray still unavailable due to injury.

On the bench, Craig Casey - an unused replacement for the game against France - is in line to win his first cap. Second row Ryan Baird is the other uncapped player in the matchday squad.

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Ireland team to play Italy

Hugo Keenan
Jordan Larmour
Garry Ringrose
Robbie Henshaw
James Lowe
Johnny Sexton (captain)
Jamison Gibson-Park

David Kilcoyne
RĂ³nan Kelleher
Tadhg Furlong
Iain Henderson
James Ryan
Tadhg Beirne
Will Connors
CJ Stander

Replacements:

Rob Herring
Cian Healy
Andrew Porter
Ryan Baird
Jack Conan
Craig Casey
Billy Burns
Keith Earls

Italy vs Ireland kicks off at 2:15pm on Saturday.

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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