This Is Joe Schmidt’s Expected Ireland XV For Saturday’s Game With France


Ireland will be looking to pull off back to back victories in France for the first time in 89 years this Saturday.

Joe Schmidt’s squad are only able to have two full training sessions this week as a result of the horrific six day turnaround after their opening round 16 all draw with Wales on Sunday.

The bad news is Keith Earls is not expected to recover in time. The good news however is both Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney were back in training this week and are expected to return to the fold on Saturday. As it is, Schmidt will hold off on a couple of selection calls until after Thursday morning’s training run at Carton House but we’ve gone ahead and put together the squad we think will feature.

15. Rob Kearney
14. Andrew Trimble
13. Jared Payne
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Simon Zebo
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best
3. Nathan White
4. Devin Toner
5. Mike McCarthy
6. CJ Stander
7. Sean O’Brien
8. Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: S Cronin, J Cronin, Furlong, Ryan, Ruddock, Reddan, Madigan, D Kearney

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