Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Take On France


Joe Schmidt has named his side for Ireland’s crucial Six Nations clash in Paris against France.

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Sean O’Brien returns in a powerful backrow with last week’s man of the match CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip. Munster duo Simon Zebo and Keith Earls have both not recovered in time with Rob Kearney slotting back in at fullback and his brother Dave Kearney taking a spot on the wing.

Tommy O’Donnell also missed out to Rhys Ruddock for a spot on the bench with many speculating it may be a result of the concussion he picked up in the draw against Wales. The starting line-up remains unchanged elsewhere.

***Update Tommy O’Donnell is on the bench in place of Rhys Ruddock***