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Ireland v France: Six Nations 2021 – live!


Ireland’s O’Mahony is suspended following last week’s red card. Rhys Ruddock and Iain Henderson come into the starting XV, with Henderson taking the captain’s armband for the first time in the absence of Johnny Sexton. The half-back pairing of Billy Burns at No 10 and Jamison Gibson-Park at No 9 is new: it means that for the first time since 2011, one of Sexton and Conor Murray are not in Ireland’s Six Nations starting line-up.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Billy Burns, Jamison Gibson-Park; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson (capt), Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Ed Byrne, Tadhg Furlong, Ultan Dillane, Will Connors, Craig Casey, Ross Byrne, Jordan Larmour

Two changes for France: the wing Teddy Thomas drops to the replacements bench with Damian Penaud of Clermont coming in, while Anthony Jelonch replaces Dylan Cretin in the back row.

France: Brice Dulin, Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Gaël Fickou, Gabin Villière, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, Grégory Alldritt Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas



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