|Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Saturday, 12 Februar Kick-off: 16:45 GMT|
|Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Live audio and text commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.|
Joey Carbery stated that he is determined and eager to enjoy Saturday's Six Nations start after having suffered multiple injuries over the course of his career.
Captain Johnny Sexton, the Munster fly-half will not be available due to a hamstring injury.
Carbery was injured and missed two years of rugby between 2019-2021. He underwent elbow surgery two weeks ago.
“To be able to do that allows me to truly enjoy all the good things in my life,” he stated.
“To be completely honest, I'm thrilled to be back playing and to have no injuries.
“I am just enjoying the atmosphere of going into such an important game at the weekend. It just puts everything in context really. “Having been through this, I know I am mentally stronger because of it.”
Carbery had to have ankle surgery in 2020 after sustaining an injury in a World Cup warm up game against Italy. Following surgery, he was unable to play for Ireland until 2021.
After starting the game against the USA, he featured in all three Irish autumn internationals. This included a start in the final game against Argentina before a fractured elbow in December threatened his Six Nations ambitions.
The successful surgery resulted in the Munster man being able to return in time for Ireland’s opening win over Wales. He was then on the bench for the last 17 minutes.
On Thursday, he said that “I think anybody would get nervous before any major game – I certainly do,”
“There will always remain that. But when you think back on what you've gone through and the training, and how it went the previous week, it gives you confidence, and also confidence for the players around you.
“Knowing that I can rely on the work you have done before me gives me tremendous confidence.”
Andy Farrell, Ireland coach said Sexton's injury to his hamstring was not expected to keep him out more than 10 days. That would make him eligible to participate in Ireland's home fixture against Italy on 27 February.
Carbery has been assigned to steer Ireland to their first win at Paris since 2018. This is the last time that they have lifted the Six Nations title.
He stated, “I feel like my mind is ready to go both physically and mentally.”
“I have been part of a few Six Nations campaigns before, but I am looking forward to the start of this campaign.
“I am just going out to do what I can and help my team the best that I can. If I can help the guy outside and inside me, then I'll do my job and hopefully we will be in a good place.
It is hugely helpful to have a good start and a lot of game time. I am able to go into this weekend with November behind me, having completed the summer Tests.