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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Play France On Saturday

By PJ Browne
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Johnny Sexton has recovered from the calf injury which kept him out of Ireland's opening two games of the Six Nations.

Sexton replaces Paddy Jackson in the starting line-up to play France on Saturday evening. Jackson takes a place on the bench.

There are two other changes from the team which beat Italy convincingly in Rome.


Jack McGrath returns at loosehead prop in place on Cian Healy, who is on the bench.  Rory Best is back from injury to replace Niall Scannell at hooker. The Munster man, who made his international debut against Italy, is among the replacements.

Rob Kearney

Keith Earls

Garry Ringrose

Robbie Henshaw

Simon Zebo

Johnny Sexton

Conor Murray

Jack McGrath

Rory Best

Tadhg Furlong

Donnacha Ryan

Devin Toner

CJ Stander

Sean O’Brien

Jamie Heaslip

With Josh van der Flier out after sustaining a shoulder injury while playing for Leinster, Peter O'Mahony returns to the matchday squad.

Iain Henderson, who was not fully fit to play against Italy, replaces Ultan Dillane on the bench.

The final change among the substitutes sees Andrew Trimble, fit once again, take the place of Craig Gilroy.


Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, Peter O’Mahony, Kieran Marmion, Paddy Jackson, Andrew Trimble.

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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