Ireland to begin defence of Six Nations Championship

first_imgAfter autumn wins over South Africa and Australia, they now sit third in the world rankings.There are Championship debuts for the Munster outhalf Ian Keatley and Leinster back row Jordi Murphy.While Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw partner up in midfield and Cahir’s Tommy o’Donnell sits among the replacements.  Flanker Sean O’Brien plays his first Test since November of 2013, and his captain Paul O’Connell is delighted to see the Tullow Tank back. Kick off at the Stadio Olimpico is at 2.30pm Irish time. Meanwhile, Scotland face a real test of their revival under Vern Cotter, taking on France in Paris at 5pm.last_img