Porter and Ryan to earn 50th Ireland caps this weekend
February 9, 2023 2:04 pm Daniel Kelly
11 Leinster players have been named in Ireland’s squad for the Guinness Six Nations Round 2 clash, at home to France on Saturday (KO: 2.15pm, live on RTÉ2).
Andrew Porter and James Ryan are set to make their 50th appearances for Ireland. The duo both made their Ireland debut in the same match against USA in June 2017
Johnny Sexton captains the side, that includes eight Leinster players in the starting lineup.
The backline remains unchanged with Hugo Keenan starting at fullback. James Lowe and Connacht’s Mack Hansen are on the wings.
Garry Ringrose starts in the centre alongside Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey.
Sexton and Munster’s Conor Murray form the half-back partnership.
In the pack, Porter is joined by Ulster’s Rob Herring and Connacht’s Finlay Bealham in the front row.
Ryan and Munster’s Tadhg Beirne pack down in the second row, with Peter O’Mahony joining Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris in the back row.
Leinster trio Rónan Kelleher, Jack Conan and Ross Byrne are named among the replacements.
Ireland team to play France
15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps
14. Mack Hansen (Connacht/Corinthians) 10 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps
12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 10 caps
11. James Lowe (Leinster) 16 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 110 caps (c)
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 101 caps
1. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 49 caps
2. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 32 caps
3. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 28 caps
4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 37 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 49 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 90 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 46 caps
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 24 caps
16. Rónan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 18 caps
17. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 49 caps
18. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 5 caps
19. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 69 caps
20. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 34 caps
21. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 8 caps
22. Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 15 caps
23. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 42 caps