Healy and Ryan start as Ireland look to bounce back in Italy

Healy and Ryan start as Ireland look to bounce back in Italy

first_img 28,907 Views Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 1:09 PM https://the42.ie/3230752 iTunes Share56 Tweet Email Return of Darren Sweetnam among 5 changes for MunsterPlayers recovering at home after freak injuries in abandoned Munster schools rugby game By Murray Kinsella Short URL IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has made two changes to his starting team to face Italy on Saturday [KO 2.25pm Irish time], with Donnacha Ryan and Cian Healy coming into the XV.There is one further change to the matchday squad as Craig Gilroy comes onto the bench in place of Tommy Bowe. Healy came off the bench last weekend at Murrayfield. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandRyan replaces Iain Henderson in the second row, with the Ulsterman dropping out of the squad completely, while Healy starts at loosehead in place of Jack McGrath, who is retained as a replacement.Healy will make his first Six Nations start since the 2015 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh, having showed ever-improving form this season.Ryan, meanwhile, comes back into the team after missing out against Scotland and Australia in Ireland’s two most recent games.Schmidt cited a medial ligament knee injury as one of the reasons for Ryan’s omission last weekend in Edinburgh, but the fact that the Munster man was present as 24th man at Murrayfield underlines that he would have been fit enough to feature if required.Gilroy’s inclusion on the Ireland bench is a surprise, after Andrew Trimble had been expected to make a return to the matchday squad. Munster hooker Niall Scannell will hope for his international debut against Italy, having been an unused replacement last weekend. Ireland (v Italy):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Paddy Jackson9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Ultan Dillane20. Josh van der Flier21. Kieran Marmion22. Ian Keatley23. Craig GilroyReferee: Glen Jackson [NZR].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Android Feb 9th 2017, 1:09 PM 103 Comments Healy and Ryan start as Ireland look to bounce back in Italy Ulster wing Craig Gilroy has come onto the Ireland bench for the trip to Rome. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img


Leave a Reply

Recent Comments