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02:21 14 Mar 2019



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Ahead of a decisive Six Nations showdown with Wales in Cardiff, Joe Schmidt has announced the Ireland team that will contest the New Zealander's final game in the competition.

As expected, Leinster's Sean O'Brien makes a return to the starting XV. Meanwhile, Tadgh Beirne is set to make his first Six Nations start for Ireland.

Needing to defeat Wales in Cardiff and hope for England's clash with Scotland to go in their favour, the Ireland team are up against it as they attempt to retain their Six Nations crown on the final day.

Ireland Team vs Wales

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Jonathan Sexton
9. Conor Murray
1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Tadgh Beirne
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O'Mahony
7. Sean O'Brien
8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Niall Scannell
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Quinn Roux
20. Jack Conan
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Jack Carty
23. Jordan Larmour.

For a look at what Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams is saying in the build-up to Saturday's match, click here.

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