Cian Healy to hit 100 games for Ireland against France

Date published: October 28 2020

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made one change to his starting line-up for their Six Nations clash with France in Paris on Saturday.

It will be an historic milestone for the country’s most capped prop as Cian Healy will play in his 100th international in the Stade de France showdown.

The centurion will be joined up front, in an unchanged forward pack, by Rob Herring and Andrew Porter. James Ryan and Tadhg Beirne continue in the second-row. Caelan Doris, last weekend’s debutant Will Connors and CJ Stander complete the pack.

There is one change in the backline with Robbie Henshaw replacing the injured Garry Ringrose, as he did during the match against Italy. Henshaw will partner Bundee Aki outside Ireland’s captain, fly-half Jonathan Sexton, and scrum-half Conor Murray.

Unchanged back three

In-form winger Hugo Keenan will be hoping to add to his debut brace of tries in an unchanged back three alongside Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway.

Chris Farrell is on the bench alongside Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Peter Oโ€™Mahony, Jamison Gibson-Park and Ross Byrne.

Ireland: 15 Jacob Stockdale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Hugo Keenan, 10 Jonathan Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Will Connors, 6 Caelan Doris, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Chris Farrell

Date: Saturday, October 31
Venue: Stade de France
Kick-off: 21:05 local (20:05 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Referees: Matthew Carley (RFU), Karl Dickson (RFU)
TMO: Luke Pearce (RFU)