Tadhg Beirne & Sean O’Brien To Face Wales

Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland team to face Wales in Saturday’s six nations decider. Schmidt’s final six nations game as Ireland head coach.

Rory Best will lead the team out on his 64th and final 6 Nations appearance with Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong packing down alongside him in the front row.

Tadgh Beirne and James Ryan are partnered in the second row with Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and CJ Stander named in the backrow.

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Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named in the pivot positions with Garry Ringrose partnering Bundee Aki for a seventh occasion.

Rob Kearney returns to the backfield and is joined by Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale who fill the wing berths.

The replacements are Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Jack Conan, Kieran Marmion, Jack Carty and Jordan Larmour.

Ireland team v Wales

  1. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps
  2. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 76 caps
  3. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 19 caps
  4. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 16 caps
  5. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 18 caps
  6. Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 82 caps (vc)
  7. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 71 caps
  8. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 87 caps
  9. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 116 caps (c)
  10. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 32 caps
  11. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps
  12. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps
  13. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 56 caps (vc)
  14. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps
  15. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 30 caps

Replacements

  1. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 13 caps
  2. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 28 caps
  3. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps
  4. Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps
  5. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 13 caps
  6. Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps
  7. Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 2 caps
  8. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 12 caps

Ireland vs Wales

2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship

Principality Stadium

Saturday 16th March, KO 2.45pm