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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Side To Face Wales In The Six Nations

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01: Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has unveiled the team that will take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

CJ Stander will be handed his debut, at blindside flanker, while Tommy O’Donnell will start at openside.

Warren Gatland opted to go with two natural sevens in his side, with Sam Warburton making the cut. The selection of Gareth Anscombe at fullback adds an option for two first receivers for the Welsh; a tactic which worked so well for Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final victory over the Irish.

Therefore, Schmidt must come up with a counter-tactic of his own, and it appears that the Kiwi has selected defensive stability.

Robbie Henshaw partners Jared Payne in the midfield, while Andrew Trimble, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo make up the back three.

Nathan White starts at tighthead prop in the absence of Mike Ross and Marty Moore, while Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy start at lock.

Kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, and if recent meetings between the pair are anything to go by, we could be in for a cracker.

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