Ireland Team Named For Crucial Six Nations Opener With England

The defence.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland team for this weekend’s huge Guinness Six Nations opener with old rivals England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

As reported this week, Robbie Henshaw will star at fullback in a surprising positional switch with Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose set to partner in midfield.

Elsewhere Johnny Sexton is fit and starts at ten, while Josh van der Flier has got the nod at openside flanker.

Ireland team vs England

15. Robbie Henshaw
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. Devin Toner
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Andrew Porter, 19. Quinn Roux, 20. Sean O’Brien, 21. John Cooney, 22. Joey Carbery, 23. Jordan Larmour

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