Tadhg Beirne set for his first Six Nations start against Wales.

Joe Schmidt has unveiled his Irish team to face Wales in their final RBS Six Nations game of the season in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. Munster’s Tadhg Beirne comes into the side for his first Six Nations start due to an injury to Iain Henderson. He will relish the opportunity to face some of his old Scarlets teammates having spent 3 seasons with the Llanelli side before swapping the red of Scarlets for the red of Munster.

Sean O’Brien slots in at openside flanker after a knock to Josh van der Flier early in the French game forced him off. Jack Conan who made a strong impact off the bench against the French once again provides back row cover on the bench.

The 13 other starters remain the same from the side won comfortably against France last week. However, there are a few changes to personnel on the bench. Andrew Porter gets the nod ahead of James Ryan and Quinn Roux is named in place of his Connacht team-mate Ultan Dillane. Finally Kieran Marmion reclaims his spot as back up to Conor Murray at scrum-half.


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