Ireland team to face Wales in final round of Six Nations announced
March 14, 2019 / 2:56 pm / Conor Sharkey
The Ireland coaching group have named the matchday squad to face Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Guinness Six Nations (KO 2.45pm).
Rory Best will lead the team out on his 64th and final Six Nations appearance with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong packing down alongside him in the front row. Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan are partnered in the second row with Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and CJ Stander named in the back row.
Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named in the half-back positions with Garry Ringrose partnering Bundee Aki for a seventh occasion. Rob Kearney returns to the backfield and is joined by Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale who fill the wing berths.
Leinster Rugby’s Andrew Porter, Jack Conan and Jordan Larmour are named among the replacements.
15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps
14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 76 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 19 caps
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 16 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 18 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 82 caps (vc)
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 71 caps
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 87 caps
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 116 caps (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 32 caps
4. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps
5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 56 caps (vc)
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 30 caps
16. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 13 caps
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 28 caps
18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps
19. Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps
20. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 13 caps
21. Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps
22. Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 2 caps
23. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 12 caps