Breaking: Schmidt Rings The Changes For Saturday's Clash With Italy

Breaking: Schmidt Rings The Changes For Saturday's Clash With Italy

As expected, Joe Schmidt has made a few changes to the team that were carried out of the Stade de France by the strength of their own sighs of relief.

Josh Van Der Flier is injured and will miss the rest of the season, and has been replaced at flanker by Dan Leavy. There is one other change to the backrow with CJ Stander replaced at number 8 by Leinster's Jack Conan. Stander is included on the bench.

Elsewhere, James Ryan - so impressive in France - makes way for Devin Toner, with concerns over a slight groin injury keeping Ryan on the sidelines and Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy in the front row.

There are no changes to the backline. That said, Jordan Larmour is included on the bench along with Joey Carbery.

Here's the Irish team to face Italy in full.

Irish team to face Italy 


The game kicks off at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon and is live on TV3.

See Also: Watch: Will Greenwood Angrily Refutes Claims Of French "Skulduggery" Over HIA Vs Ireland

Gavin Cooney
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