Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team For 6 Nations Opener Against France

Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team For 6 Nations Opener Against France
Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

1 Feb 2018

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made three changes to his team for Saturday's Six Nations show down with France in Paris.

Robbie Henshaw starts at centre, Keith Earls is on the wing, while Josh van der Flier lines out in the back row.

James Ryan will make his tournament debut, alongside Iain Henderson in the second row.

Rory Best captains the side and is joined in the front row by Leinster duo Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.

Here's the starting line up in full:

15. Rob Kearney 
14. Keith Earls 
13. Robbie Henshaw 
12. Bundee Aki 
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton 
9. Conor Murray 

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best 
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson 
5. James Ryan 
6. Peter O'Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier 
8. CJ Stander