Ireland name side to face Wales

Date published: February 5 2016

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Ireland have named their side that will take on Wales in their Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, led by new skipper Rory Best.

Best wins his 90th cap as he assumes the captain's role and is joined in the front-row by Jack McGrath and Nathan White. 

The second-row sees Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy paired together while the back-row consists of the uncapped CJ Stander on the blindside, Tommy O'Donnell at openside and Jamie Heaslip at number eight.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are partnered at half-back while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are reunited in midfield. 

Andrew Trimble and Keith Earls fill the wing positions with Simon Zebo lining out at full-back.

The replacements are Sean Cronin, James Cronin, Tadgh Furlong, Donnacha Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Kieran Marmion, Ian Madigan and Dave Kearney.

Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Nathan White, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jerry Cronin, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Dave Kearney

Date: Sunday, February 7
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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