Here’s The Likely Ireland Team To Take On France This Weekend

Joe Schmidt names his Ireland team at around lunchtime tomorrow for their crucial clash with France.

Ireland head into the game on the back of a resounding nine-try, 63-10 win over a hapless Italy, with their Six Nations campaign well and truly back on track after their disappointing opening round defeat to Scotland.

Schmidt is without Josh van der Flier for the game after the Leinster star damaged his shoulder in PRO12 action the weekend but welcomes a host of stars back from injury. Johnny Sexton is set to make his 2017 Six Nations bow and will likely start despite Paddy Jackson’s excellent form.

Peter O’Mahony will also come back into the squad, but will likely have to make do with a spot on the replacements bench, as will the returning Ulster duo of Iain Henderson and Andrew Trimble.

Likely Ireland team to take on Italy

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Devin Toner
6. CJ Stander
7. Sean O’Brien
8. Jamie Heaslip
9. Conor Murray
10. Johnny Sexton
11. Simon Zebo
12. Robbie Henshaw
13. Gary Ringrose
14. Keith Earls
15. Rob Kearney


16. Niall Scannell
17. Cian Healy
18. John Ryan
19. Iain Henderson
20. Peter O’Mahony
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Paddy Jackson
23. Andrew Trimble

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