Cronin gets first Six Nations start with Carty set for Ireland debut

first_img 42,143 Views Cronin gets first Six Nations start with Carty set for Ireland debut in Italy Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his starting team for the Six Nations. Friday 22 Feb 2019, 1:49 PM SEAN CRONIN WILL make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in Sunday’s clash with Italy in Rome [KO 3pm Irish time, Virgin Media].The 32-year-old Leinster hooker will win his 68th cap for Ireland but, incredibly, he has never started a game in the championship before. Cronin will make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in Rome. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMeanwhile, Connacht out-half Jack Carty is set for his Ireland debut off the bench at Stadio Olimpico.The introduction of Cronin is one of four changes head coach Joe Schmidt has made to the starting XV that beat Scotland in round two, all of them coming in the pack.With regular captain Rory Best rested, Munster man Peter O’Mahony leads the team.Dave Kilcoyne gets an opportunity at loosehead prop, while Ultan Dillane comes into the second row and Ulster’s Jordi Murphy starts at number eight.Schmidt has named an unchanged backline of Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, although it’s understood that injuries to Joey Carbery [hamstring] and Jordan Larmour [finger] tied his hands in that regard. Robbie Henshaw remains on the comeback trail.Similarly, it’s understood that Jack Conan [abdominal injury] picked up an injury in training this week, meaning Murphy gets a starting opportunity in the number eight short.Dillane comes into the second row to partner Connacht team-mate Quinn Roux, while Cronin and Kilcoyne make up the front row along with the retained Tadhg Furlong. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 127 Comments Subscribe Share30 Tweet Email1 center_img Feb 22nd 2019, 1:49 PM Jack Carty in Ireland training. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe experienced Sean O’Brien and O’Mahony continue in the back row alongside Murphy.With Best and loosehead Cian Healy rested and Andrew Porter released to Leinster, Niall Scannell, Jack McGrath and John Ryan are set for their first appearances of this year’s championship off the bench.Similarly, Iain Henderson returns from injury to provide second row back-up, while Andrew Conway is another player set to make his first appearance of the Six Nations after being named as the 23rd man. Ireland (v Italy):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Chris Farrell12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Ultan Dillane5. Quinn Roux6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Sean O’Brien8. Jordi MurphyReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Josh van der Flier21. John Cooney22. Jack Carty23. Andrew ConwayMurray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy and discuss the week’s biggest stories in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. By Murray Kinsella Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more