Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Schmidt Makes 4 Changes for Italy

Dan Leavy take the plaudits after the narrow win at the Stade de France Dan Leavy take the plaudits after the narrow win at the Stade de France
Ellis Copeland | 10 February, 2018, 03:48

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Six Nations debutant Jack Conan, Jack McGrath, Devin Toner and Dan Leavy are drafted into Ireland's pack.

Dan Leavy and Jack Conan come in for their first starts in the competition, while Jack McGrath and Devin Toner are recalled to the starting team.

"I expect Jordan to provide what he's been providing in the provincial matches so far, that raw acceleration and the ability to beat players", said Schmidt.

Ireland show just four changes in all from their last-gasp victory at the Stade de France, with head coach Schmidt putting victory before experimentation as he targets a genuine title charge.

Leavy impressed in Paris after replacing the unfortunate Josh van der Flier, who will now miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

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Ireland were the only side not to cross the whitewash on the opening weekend of the Six Nations as they scraped past France in Paris, with Ulster ace Stockdale among those frustrated by the resolute home defence.

Schmidt drafts in Conan as Lions star Stander drops to the bench after playing for the full 80 minute in the bruising Paris contest.

Saturday's encounter will be former Ireland full-back O'Shea's first match in Dublin as Azzurri head coach.

But Schmidt is reluctant to rotate Carbery with British and Irish fly-half Johnny Sexton, not because of his doubts over Carbery, but because he wants to keep Sexton match fit ahead of the ensuing ties with Wales and Scotland due to the fallow week that follows this weekend's second round.

Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw continue their partnership in the centre with Jacob Stockdale, Kieth Earls and Rob Kearney making up the back three.

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