Keatley at out-half for 6 Nations opener

first_imgJoe Schmidt has named his team that will line out for Saturday’s opening 6 Nations fixture against Italy.Paul O’Connell captain’s the side on his 97th cap for his country and is partnered in the second row by Devin Toner. The front-row is made up of Jack McGrath, Rory Best and Mike Ross. The back three sees Rob Kearney flanked by Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo. The back-row consists of Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and Jordi Murphy with Conor Murray and Ian Keatley filling the half-back slots. Robbie Henshaw will line out at inside-centre alongside Jared Payne who will fill the No.13 jersey. Sean Cronin, James Cronin, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones all join Tipp’s Tommy O’Donnell on the bench.  Ireland’s versus  Italy will kick-off in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico at 2.30pm (Irish time)last_img

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