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Tadhg Beirne Starts As Schmidt Names Ireland Team For Wales

Ireland Team Wales

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced his team for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

Like Warren Gatland, Schmidt has opted to make considerable changes to his team.

Up front, there is an all-Munster front-row which consists of Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan. Iain Henderson, who is retained from last weekend’s record defeat to England, starts in the second-row alongside James Ryan who is making his first appearance of the summer.

The back-row consists of Tadhg Beirne at blindside, Peter O’Mahony at openside and Jack Conan at number eight.

Ireland Team Wales

The half-back partnership consists of Connacht duo Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty while Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell make up the centre partnership.

In the back-three, Will Addison starts at fullback with Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway on the wings.

Ireland: Will Addison, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Rory Best, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose, Dave Kearney.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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