Ringrose looks set to keep his starting place

Despite Jared Payne's return from injury, Garry Ringrose looks likely to keep the number 13 jersey

BY Rob Fanning 17:57 Monday 6 March 2017, 17:57 6 Mar 2017

MANDATORY CREDIT ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Garry Ringrose is on course to make his fourth start in this year's Six Nations campaign when Ireland take on Wales on Friday 10th March.

JaredPayne made his return from injury having been sidelined for over three months. The Ulster man suffered an injury to his kidney in Ireland's 27-24 victory over Australia in November and he is yet to play in this years Six Nations.

Before Payne's injury, he had cemented his place in the starting team in the number 13 shirt. However Ringrose has brought his Leinster form into the Six Nations as the 22 year old has really impressed in the opening three games and the Autumn Internationals.

 MANDATORY CREDIT ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby is confident Ringrose will keep his place and speaking at the Irish team press conference earlier he said: “We’d all say how impressed we’ve been with Garry, he is a young man in years but he certainly looks like he’s playing beyond his years in terms of his understanding of the game, his awareness.

 "He’s an intelligent rugby player who sees things that a lot of players can’t see, who’ve been around a lot longer than him.

 “We’re really impressed with Garry. We’ve known for a long time that he’s something special and he hasn’t done too much wrong so he’s going pretty well.

 “We’ve been pretty comfortable with what we’ve been picking so far, happy with the guys who have been playing in those positions.

 “[Jared] felt pretty good at the weekend and he felt pretty sharp but he’s been a long time out of the game.

“For Jared it’s great to have him back around. Hopefully we’ll see him train on Wednesday.It’s bruising. It’s nothing more than that. Some players will take a little bit more to recover from games, especially when they’ve been out for so long.

Joey Carbery and Dan Leavy both sat out of training today, after they featured in Leinster's impressive home win against the Scarlets on Saturday.

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