Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, is set to make a surprising positional switch in his team to face England on Saturday, with Robbie Henshaw set to start at full-back, according to reports.
Henshaw made his debut for Ireland at full-back against the USA in Houston in June 2013, but all of his 35 caps since then have been at centre.
According to a report in the Irish Times, Schmidt could be tempted to return Henshaw to his debut position, given the depth Ireland have in midfield.
The New Zealander named five centres in his squad for the opening rounds of the Six Nations, Henshaw, Connacht duo, Tom Farrell and Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose and Munster’s Chris Farrell.
Will Addison is also further cover for the position.
The Athlone native was due to return to the full-back position during the Autumn Internationals but a hamstring injury sustained in the warm-up of the Argentina game kept him out of action, while Addison took his place during that clash.
Henshaw made his return during Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps earlier this month. Ireland’s go-to full-back, Rob Kearney, missed that encounter through injury but returned to captain Leinster against Scarlets last week.
He missed the majority of last year’s Six Nations campaign when he dislocated his shoulder while scoring his second try during Ireland’s bonus-point win over Italy in the second round of the competition.
Schmidt will name his team for the highly-anticipated opener against England tomorrow afternoon in Carton House.
Ringrose and Aki are expected to be named as the centre partnership, carrying on their good form for their respective provinces.