Farrell makes six changes as Ireland take on England

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made six changes to his side for the upcoming Six Nations clash against England this weekend.

Peter O’Mahony, Bundee Aki and Andrew Conway have won the vacant positions which most fans believed were up for grabs, while Johnny Sexton returns at fly-half as expected.

Hugo Keenan and James Ryan both come back into the starting fifteen as well, while Cian Healy will make his first start of the tournament as a result of the injury Andrew Porter picked up versus Italy a fortnight ago.

After starting versus Wales and France, James Conan is relegated to the bench with Caelan Doris moving into the number eight position, making room for Peter O’Mahony to return at flanker.

Also in the forwards, James Ryan returns at second row alongside Tadhg Beirne, with Iain Henderson again missing out.

Like Henderson, Robbie Henshaw will likely be disappointed not to start, while Connacht winger Mack Hansen won’t even have a place in the matchday squad.

In the backs, Gibson-Park retains his place at scrum-half while Ringrose is kept at centre.

They’ll be joined by the returning Sexton and Aki, while Lowe, Conway and Keenan make up the back line.

Craig Casey also drops out of the 23-man selection, being replaced by his Munster teammate Conor Murray.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Cian Healy, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Robbie Henshaw.

Ireland vs England – Aviva Stadium – Saturday 4.45pm KO

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