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Ireland Unchanged for Twickenham Clash

Ireland have confirmed their 23-man strong squad to take on England in the Six Nations this weekend with no changes to the starting XV

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has announced his 23-man squad to take on England in their key Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Sunday at 15 00.

Farrell has stuck with the same starting line-up that overcame Wales in round two as the boys in green look to seal a Triple Crown and continue their hopes of a Grand Slam. 

That means in the front-row it’s Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong either side of hooker Rob Herring, as Iain Henderson and James Ryan link-up once again in the second-row. 

Peter O’Mahony retains his spot at blindside-flanker following an impressive performance last time out, with Josh van der Flier on the openside and CJ Stander remains at No 8. 

Conor Murray and captain Johnny Sexton continue as the half-back pairing, and they have Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw outside them in the centre, with the latter coming through head injury protocols to start. 

Jacob Stockdale is again used on the left-wing, with Andrew Conway on the right and Jordan Larmour will look to continue his impressive form from full-back. 

Farrell has made only one change to the bench with Caelan Doris replacing Max Deegan, while the likes of Ronan Kelleher, Devin Toner and Keith Earls are available for the head coach to call upon if needed. 

Speaking on the decision to name the same starting XV Farrell admitted he was happy last time out and is looking to build some consistency. 

“We had a decent performance last time out. There’s a few things we needed to fix and a few boys went back and gave us a few headaches, but we decided to go with a similar selection for a little bit of continuity and see if we can build on what we did the last time around and see if we can get a better performance on the back of it,” he said. 

Ireland head into the game with two wins from two after an impressive start to the campaign, while England will be looking to put themselves firmly in contention for the title with a win over their rivals which makes the game almost impossible to call as we head towards Sunday.  

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below. 

Starting XV: 

15. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 23 caps

14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 20 caps

13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 42 caps

12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 25 caps

11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 27 caps

10. Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 90 caps CAPTAIN

9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 80 caps

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 97 caps

2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 10 caps

3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 43 caps

4. Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 55 caps

5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps

6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 66 caps

7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps

8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 40 caps

Replacements:

16. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2 caps

17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 38 caps

18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps

19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 69 caps

20. Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 1 cap

21. John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 10 caps

22. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps

23. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 83 caps

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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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