With the Ireland squad expected to be announced on Tuesday we have decided to do a predicted Ireland XV to play Wales. Most of the teams remains the same but there are some changes to the line-up. Let’s take a look below.
Caelan Dorris is a doubt, he is currently going through HIA protocols. Garry Ringrose is almost certainly out after he had a procedure on his hand. Tadhg Furlong came off on 77 minutes, he had severe cramp. He should be passed fit though.
In the front row, I expect it to stay the same as per the Scottish game. That means Furlong, Herring and Healy will all start. Iain Henderson gets the nod ahead of Devin Toner again for me, the Ulster man will partner James Ryan. The first change I can see is Peter O’Mahony coming in, this will likely be instead of Dorris. I expect O’Mahony to start at number 6. Stander will likely play at number 8 after an impressive man of the match performance against Scotland. Josh Van Der Flier is a shoe in to start at number 7. Many of the players watch the big bash cricket in the mornings, its always nice to have look at the Online Cricket betting to see who is fancied to win the matches.
For me John Cooney has to get the nod ahead of Conor Murray here. Whether he does or not is another matter. Sexton will continue at fly-half. On the wings Keith Earls will likely return but he may have to settle for a place on the bench. Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway are likely to occupy the positions. In the centre, Robbie Henshaw will now likely be starting at centre due to Ringrose been out injured. This would mean a place on the bench for Chris Farrell or Stuart McCloskey. Bundee Aki will also start in the centre. Jordan Larmour did well against Scotland so it is likely he will retain his place at full back.
Predicted Ireland XV to play Wales
15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Andrew Conway, 13, Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 John Cooney, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh Van Der Flier, 6 Peter O;Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy.