Beirne gets first 6 Nations start, O'Brien recalled for Wales clash

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

Munster forward Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut taking the place of injured Iain Henderson while Jack Carty will provide covert to Johnny Sexton from the bench with Joey Carbery sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Munster second row Tadhg Beirne will make his first start in the Six Nations having missed the first two rounds with a knee injury.

Schmidt backed tournament rookie Beirne to shine on his return to Welsh soil.

Scrum-half Kieran Marmion may get his first taste of Six Nations action this year off the bench, with Jack Carty and Jordan Larmour covering the rest of the backline.

Jones said on Thursday that Wales were "starting to look a bit tired" after making "more tackles than anyone else in the tournament", and were facing an Ireland side "that seems to be peaking at the right time". 'If it was me, I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland. And that's been a really positive challenge for us throughout the Six Nations, and still try to get some cohesion. "He knows his Scarlets team-mates very well".

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"To say that was not his best performance, I know he'd agree with that", said Schmidt.

Wales will be unchanged as Head coach Warren Gatland has stuck with the same match-day squad which beat Scotland for their clash in Cardiff.

It will be his final match in charge of Wales in the competition, with the New Zealander stepping down after this year's World Cup.

Ireland - 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy. Dave Kilcoyne 18. Andrew Porter 19.

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