Schmidt rings the changes as Ireland team named to play Wales 2 years ago

Schmidt rings the changes as Ireland team named to play Wales

Good enough to win the big one on Saturday?

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made five changes to the side that defeated Italy for Ireland’s crucial Six Nations encounter against Wales this Saturday.

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With injury ruling out Lions trio Tadgh Furlong, Robbie Henshaw and Iain Henderson, Cian Healy and Andrew Porter will replace Jack McGrath and Furlong in the front row, while James Ryan and CJ Stander come into the pack instead of Henderson and Jack Conan.

The introduction of Munster’s Chris Farrell instead of Henshaw is the only change in the backline ahead of a massive game on Saturday, which kicks off at the Aviva Stadium at 2.15pm.