Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France

first_img Short URL By Murray Kinsella Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 7th 2019, 4:15 PM Ringrose set for return as Schmidt recalls big guns for France Sean O’Brien is set to miss out, while captain Rory Best makes his return in the front row. 71 Comments JOE SCHMIDT IS set to name a much-changed Ireland team to face France in the Six Nations on Sunday.Garry Ringrose is likely to make his return from a hamstring injury at outside centre, while captain Rory Best, loosehead prop Cian Healy and second row James Ryan are also in line for recalls having been rested for the win against Italy two weekends ago. Ringrose has been sidelined since the England game. Source: James Crombie/INPHOJosh van der Flier is set to return to the team at openside flanker, meaning Sean O’Brien drops out of the XV and the Tullow man could even miss out on making the matchday squad with Jack Conan strongly in contention for a bench place.Iain Henderson is likely to be another addition to the starting XV after coming off the bench against Italy, while CJ Stander is set to be named at number eight having recovered from the fractured eye socket and cheekbone he sustained against England in round one.Schmidt looks set to continue with a back three of Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale, while Bundee Aki is favourite to wear the number 12 shirt as Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray continue in the halfbacks.Ireland’s bench positions have also been closely contested, with John Ryan expected to provide back-up to starting tighthead Tadhg Furlong, while Jordan Larmour is set for a return in the number 23 shirt. Schmidt is due to officially name his team tomorrow afternoon.Possible Ireland team v France:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. James Ryan6. Peter O’Mahony7. Josh van der Flier8. CJ StanderAndy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. https://the42.ie/4528933 Share59 Tweet Email1 Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 4:15 PM 33,998 Views last_img read more

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