Andy Farrell Explains The Absence Of Henshaw, Henderson & Earls In Ireland Team To Play Wales

Round one.

Ireland boss Andy Farrell named his team to take on Wales on Saturday earlier today, with a couple of big selection decisions that we did not see coming.

Uncapped Mack Hansen comes straight in for the injured James Lowe, to start on the wing. A baptism of fire for the in-form Connacht man, who has beaten off some stiff competition from the likes of Keith Earls, Robert Baloucoune, and Jordan Larmour, to claim the left wing spot.

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In the centre, Garry Ringrose starts alongside Bundee Aki, with Robbie Henshaw missing out. At first, we all thought it was a selection call, but it turns out Farrell’s hand was forced somewhat in selecting his team.

Henshaw, it turns out missed a few sessions this week, with Farrell revealing he’s been struggling with an “adductor niggle.”

Keith Earls was also unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury and is set for a scan. Iain Henderson, meanwhile, came up just short on his return from injury but will be in the mix for France next week.