Jamison Gibson-Park starts the Grand Slam decider
Scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park will make his first start of the championship in the Grand Slam decider against England after Andy Farrell named his Ireland Six Nations squad.
Gibson-Park pulled out late of the opening game against Wales and came off the bench in the win over Scotland and takes over from Conor Murray in the No 9 shirt.
Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw make up the centre pairing with Garry Ringrose out injured after his head knock at BT Murrayfield. Ryan Baird comes into the second row to partner James Ryan after Iain Henderson had surgery on a fractured forearm.
Caelan Doris was another man forced off in the first half of the 22-7 triumph in Edinburgh but has overcome a hip complaint to start at No 8, meaning there is no space for the impressive Jack Conan in Farrell’s starting XV at the Aviva Stadium on Super Saturday.
Ulster second row Kieran Treadwell and Leinster back Jimmy O’Brien come onto the replacements as Ireland bid for their first Grand Slam since 2018.
Ireland Six Nations team to play England
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (captain), Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.
Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Ross Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien.
Ireland Six Nations team to play Scotland
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (captain), Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.
Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Jamison Gibson Park, Ross Byrne, Robbie Henshaw.
Ireland Six Nations squad to play Italy
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Stuart McCloskey, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Ross Byrne, Craig Casey; Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, James Ryan (captain), Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan
Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Ryan Baird, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Jimmy O’Brien
Ireland Six Nations squad against France
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Rob Herring, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Crag Casey, Ross Byrne, Bundee Aki
Ireland Six Nations squad against Wales
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan , Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Crag Casey, Ross Byrne, Bundee Aki
Ireland Six Nations wider squad
Last year’s Triple Crown winners Ireland come into the 2023 Six Nations as No 1 side in the world. Andy Farrell’s men had a phenomenal 2022, winning a series in New Zealand for the first time ever. And now, Farrell has named his squad to take on the best of Europe.
Leinster back Jamie Osborne is the only uncapped to be named, but there are some other noteworthy choices. Munster ten Joey Carbery is not in the mix, with Ross Byrne selected. Nor are Ulster back three stars Robert Baloucoune or Michael Lowry – however, Jacob Stockdale is in.
Gavin Coombes returns to the fold, and Leinster wings Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O’Brien take their fight for a jersey into the Test arena, too.
Robbie Henshaw misses out through injury.
Here is the full squad list.
Ireland Six Nations Squad 2023
Bundee Aki (Connacht)
Ross Byrne (Leinster)
Craig Casey (Munster)
Jack Crowley (Munster)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster)
Mack Hansen (Connacht)
Hugo Keenan (Leinster)
Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
James Lowe (Leinster)
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
Conor Murray (Munster)
Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster)
Jamie Osborne (Leinster)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
Johnny Sexton (Leinster) – captain
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)
Ryan Baird (Leinster)
Finlay Bealham (Connacht)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
Jack Conan (Leinster)
Gavin Coombes (Munster)
Caelan Doris (Leinster)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)
Cian Healy (Leinster)
Iain Henderson (Ulster)
Rob Herring (Ulster)
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster)
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)
Joe McCarthy (Leinster)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
Tom O’Toole (Ulster)
Andrew Porter (Leinster)
Cian Prendergast (Connacht)
James Ryan (Leinster)
Dan Sheehan (Leinster)
Josh van der Flier (Leinster)
Ireland Six Nations Fixtures 2023
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sat 4 February, Wales 10-34 Ireland (2.15pm), Principality Stadium, Watch James Lowe interception knock the stuffing out of Wales
Sat 11 February, Ireland 32-19 France (2.15pm), Aviva Stadium, James Lowe try against France: Yes or no?
Sat 25 February, Italy 20-34 Ireland (2.15pm), Stadio Olimpico, Who is Lorenzo Cannone?
Sun 12 March, Scotland 7-22 Ireland (3pm), BT Murrayfield, Ireland Grand Slam still on – just England left
Sat 18 March, Ireland v England (5pm), Aviva Stadium
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