Ireland name team to face France

The Ireland coaching team have named the match day squad to take on France at a packed Aviva Stadium on Saturday in the second round of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championships.Ireland captain Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray will line out for Ireland at half-back with Stuart McCloskey and Garry Ringrose continuing their partnership in midfield.  The back three of Hugo Keenan at fullback and Mack Hansen and James Lowe on the wings is unchanged from Round 1 of the Championship.Andrew Porter and Finlay Bealham will pack down either side of Rob Herring with Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan adding ballast from the second row.  Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Peter O’Mahony continue as the backrow unit.The replacements include Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Craig Casey, Ross Byrne and Bundee Aki.Andrew Porter, James Ryan and Dave Kilcoyne are set to earn their 50th caps for Ireland against France at the weekend.  Both Porter and Ryan made their international debuts against the USA in New Jersey on the 10th June 2017 while Kilcoyne made his debut against South Africa on the 10th November 2012.The Ireland v France match will be broadcast live on RTE and ITV television and on RTE and BBC NI radio.IRELAND team to play France – Rd 2, 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championships,Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday 11th February, 2023, KO 14.15 (IST)15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps14. Mack Hansen (Connacht/Corinthians) 10 caps13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 10 caps11. James Lowe (Leinster) 16 caps10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 110 caps (c)9. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 101 caps 1. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 49 caps2. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 32 caps3. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 28 caps4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 37 caps5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 49 caps6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 90 caps7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 46 caps8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 24 capsReplacements16. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 18 caps17. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 49 caps18. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 5 caps19. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 69 caps20. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 34 caps21. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 8 caps 22. Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 15 caps23. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 42 caps2023 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures & ResultsWales 10 IRELAND 34Principality Stadium, Saturday 4th February 2023 IRELAND v FranceSaturday 11th February 2023, KO 14:15 (IST)RTE TV / ITV / RTE Radio / BBC RadioItaly v IRELANDSaturday 25th February 2023, KO 14:15 (IST)RTE TV / ITV / RTE Radio / BBC RadioScotland v IRELANDSunday 12th March 2023, KO 15:00 (IST)RTE TV / BBC / RTE Radio / BBC RadioIRELAND v EnglandSaturday 18th March 2023, KO 17:00 (IST)VIRGIN / ITV / RTE Radio / BBC Radio

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