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Ireland ring changes for England Six Nations clash

Ireland ring changes for England Six Nations clash

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Wales v Ireland - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - February 7, 2021 Ireland's Conor Murray in action REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo

REUTERS: Ireland coach Andy Farrell has made several changes to his team to face England in their final Six Nations match in Dublin on Saturday, with experienced scrumhalf Conor Murray back in the starting lineup alongside skipper Johnny Sexton.

Bundee Aki comes in at inside centre with Garry Ringrose injured while Robbie Henshaw is at outside centre in the lineup announced on Thursday.

Jacob Stockdale is back on the left wing, his first appearance since the Autumn Nations Cup in December, while the front row comprises Dave Kilcoyne, Rob Herring and Tadhg Furlong.

Josh van der Flier also starts at openside flanker with Will Connors out injured, while CJ Stander will play his final game for Ireland as the blindside flanker.

Ireland are second in the table on 11 points and cannot overhaul leaders Wales (19), while holders England are fourth on 10.

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 10 caps

14. Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 92 caps

13. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 51 caps

12. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 30 caps

11. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 33 caps

10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary's College) 98 caps

9. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 88 caps

1. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 42 caps

2. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 20 caps

3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 48 caps

4. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 62 caps

5. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 21 caps

6. CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 50 caps

7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 30 caps

8. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 19 caps

Replacements

16. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 10 caps

17. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 108 caps

18. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 36 caps

19. Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 2 caps

20. Peter O'Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 74 caps

21. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 9 caps

22. Billy Burns (Ulster) 6 caps

23. Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary's College) 28 caps

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Source: Reuters

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