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Stander starts in final Irish game as Murray returns

CJ Stander will earn his final cap for Ireland with the Munster back rower named to start for Ireland’s clash with England in this Saturday’s Six Nations clash (kick off 4.45pm).

He will wear the 6 shirt in his final appearance in green while Conor Murray replaces Jamison Gibson Park in the starting XV.

There are a number of changes to the team that started against Scotland last Sunday starting in the half-backs where captain Johnny Sexton is joined in by Conor Murray.

Garry Ringrose is ruled out of the side through injury so Bundee Aki returns to the fold where he will partner old Connacht teammate Robbie Henshaw.

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Jacob Stockdale returns to the team for the first time since the Autumn Nations Cup win over Scotland back in December and is named on the left wing with Keith Earls on and Hugo Keenan completing the back three.

In the front row Dave Kilcoyne starts at loosehead alongside Rob Herring at hooker and Tadhg Furlong at tighthead. 

Tadhg Beirne moves into lock to partner Iain Henderson in the absence of the injured James Ryan.

Will Connors has suffered a knee injury so Josh van der Flier comes in at openside. CJ Stander moves to 6 for his final Ireland game and Jack Conan is named at No.8.

The replacements are Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Andrew Porter, Ryan Baird, Peter O’Mahony, Jamison Gibson Park, Billy Burns and Jordan Larmour.

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