Captain Best Returns As Ireland Team Named For Six Nations Clash With France In Dublin

Les Blues.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team for this weekend’s Six Nations Round 4 clash with France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

As expected the Ireland boss has made a number of changes to the team that defeated Italy in Rome a fortnight ago with a number of key players returning from injury.

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Garry Ringrose comes straight back in to partner Bundee Aki in midfield after missing the wins over Scotland and Italy. CJ Stander also returns after being out for a similar period.

Josh van der Flier starts at openside, with Sean O’Brien missing out on the squad, while Iain Henderson comes in to partner James Ryan.

Ireland team vs France

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. James Ryan
5. Iain Henderson
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Ultan Dillane, Jack Conan, John Cooney, Jack Carty, Jordan Larmour