Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Beirne rewarded with Ireland Six Nations call-up

Munster Rugby lock Tadhg Beirne looks for a gap in the Exeter Chiefs defence in the Heineken Champions Cup tie at Thomond Park In January Munster Rugby lock Tadhg Beirne looks for a gap in the Exeter Chiefs defence in the Heineken Champions Cup tie at Thomond Park In January
Frederick Owens | 16 March, 2019, 17:43

Flanker Sean O'Brien comes in at openside joining Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander in the back row while Tadhg Beirne has been given the opportunity to show what he can do on the brightest stage at the Principality Stadium as he partners James Ryan in the second-row.

Jones claimed Wales are fading as they head down the Six Nations home straight and warned Gatland his England side are ready to explode past them and pinch the title from under their noses.

Ireland will also need Scotland to overcome England at Twickenham.

Rory Best will lead the team out on his 64th and final Six Nations appearance with Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong packing down alongside him in the front row.

He replaces Iain Henderson who is ruled out through injury.

Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt have picked their sides, but who would you select?

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"He would have liked to have had a bit more game time leading into it and it's one of those things that you'd love to go two weeks in a row with the same team".

"I think he knows these players pretty well". I've got no comment on Eddie Jones talking about us. Josh van der Flier had been withdrawn from the squad earlier this week with a groin injury sustained in last Sunday's game.

The Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton half-back partnership remains intact, while Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose line out in the centre.

Replacements: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, Q Roux, J Conan, K Marmion, J Carty, J Larmour.

Scrum-half Kieran Marmion may get his first taste of Six Nations action this year off the bench, with Jack Carty and Jordan Larmour covering the rest of the backline.

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