Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Beirne gets first 6 Nations start, O'Brien recalled for Wales clash

Beirne gets first 6 Nations start, O'Brien recalled for Wales clash

O'Brien will have Munster duo Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander alongside him in the back row.

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.

Warren Gatland and Wales will seek to clinch a first Grand Slam since 2012 when they take to the pitch in Cardiff on Saturday, and know victory will clinch the title before England even play against Scotland at 5pm.

The front row remains unchanged with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong either side of captain Rory Best, who will make his final championship appearance.

There are a couple of changes to the forwards as lock Tadhg Beirne makes his Six Nations debut in place of the injured Iain Henderson.

Jones said on Thursday that Wales were "starting to look a bit tired" after making "more tackles than anyone else in the tournament", and were facing an Ireland side "that seems to be peaking at the right time".

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"That's been a really positive challenge for us throughout the Six Nations, to still try to get some cohesion".

"If it was me, I would be concentrating on playing Scotland".

"With that combination, I do think he is as ready as we can get him to be at this stage and I know he's incredibly motivated to be as ready as he can be".

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named in the pivot positions with Garry Ringrose partnering Bundee Aki for a seventh occasion.

Kieran Marmion has been named on the bench as cover for Conor Murray and Athlone's Jack Carty is also in the replacements once again.

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