Eire’s Andy Farrell makes three adjustments to aspect to face England in Dublin on Saturday in the hunt for Six Nations Grand Slam; Robbie Henshaw, Ryan Baird change injured duo Garry Ringrose, Iain Henderson; Jamison Gibson-Park begins over Conor Murray; Caelan Doris, Dan Sheehan handed match
By Michael Cantillon
Final Up to date: 16/03/23 4:01pm
Caelan Doris and Dan Sheehan have been handed match to face England for Eire in Saturday’s Six Nations Grand Slam match in Dublin, with Robbie Henshaw, Jamison Gibson-Park and Ryan Baird introduced in to start out.
Henshaw replaces Garry Ringrose at outside-centre after the latter’s severe head damage within the win over Scotland at Murrayfield final Sunday, and begins alongside his former Connacht midfielder associate Bundee Aki at centre.
Baird comes into the second row alongside James Ryan after Iain Henderson (arm) was dominated out by damage, whereas Gibson-Park begins at scrum-half with Conor Murray shifted to the bench.
No 8 Doris (hip) and hooker Dan Sheehan (shoulder) had been each withdrawn from Murrayfield contained in the opening 25 minutes, however are match sufficient to start out Saturday’s Check in a giant enhance for head coach Andy Farrell.
Hooker Ronan Kelleher, who additionally injured his shoulder vs Scotland and limped off early within the second half, has didn’t get better in time to make the matchday squad, as Ulster’s Rob Herring comes onto the bench.
The back-three stays the identical for the assembly on the Aviva Stadium, with full-back Hugo Keenan and wings Mack Hansen and James Lowe beginning once more, whereas Johnny Sexton captains the aspect from fly-half for what’s more likely to be his remaining Six Nations look, and final aggressive worldwide outing in Dublin.
Apart from the addition of Baird, the pack stays the identical, with loosehead Andrew Porter, Sheehan and tighthead Tadhg Furlong forming the front-row.
Flankers Peter O’Mahony and Josh van der Flier – the latter in for his fiftieth Check cap – kind the back-row with Doris.
Among the many replacements, Ulster second-row Kieran Treadwell comes into the squad, as does Leinster again Jimmy O’Brien within the No 23 jersey.
Loosehead Cian Healy, tighthead Tom O’Toole, No 8 Jack Conan, and fly-half Ross Byrne are the opposite gamers listed throughout the squad.
Eire have the prospect to make historical past on Saturday, as they search a to win a Grand Slam in Dublin for the primary time – earlier efforts in 1948 (Belfast), 2009 (Cardiff) and 2018 (Twickenham) coming elsewhere, as did Six Nations title successes in 2014 (Paris) and 2015 (Murrayfield).
Eire: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park; 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Ryan Baird, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Tom O’Toole, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jimmy O’Brien.
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