Joe Schmidt has named a familiar Ireland starting XV for the Friday night clash with Wales in the Six Nations, a match that could potentially hand England the title for a second year running or set up a St. Patrick’s weekend showdown in Dublin.
Ireland will experience Friday night rugby for the first time against a wounded Welsh side that is looking to restore some pride in their jersey, following defeats to Scotland and England.
In the fiery cauldron of the Principality Stadium, Schmidt will look to guide Ireland to a victory that will likely set up a final day decider with England in Dublin, provided Eddie Jones’ side can overcome a resurgent and resilient Scotland.
Here is the Ireland XV Schmidt has chosen for round four, along with his eight replacements.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 8, 2017
Garry Ringrose holds onto his place at 13, despite the return of Jared Payne to the Ireland setup.
Following injuries to Andrew Trimble and Ultan Dillane, Schmidt has called up Peter O’ Mahony and Tommy Bowe to the bench but aside from that it is business as usual.
Watch the full team announcement below.
Video Credit: Irish Rugby TV
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