Six Nations: Johnny Sexton is back as Ireland’s Twickenham experience

Johnny Sexton
Johnny Sexton announced this week that he will be retiring after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 12 March Kick-off:16:45 GMT
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 & follow live text updates on BBC Sport website & app

Johnny Sexton, one of six changes Andy Farrell made to Ireland's starting lineup for their trip to Twickenham, has been restored.

As he seeks to win his first English rugby match since taking over the coaching role, the head coach has put his trust in the experience of others.

Hugo Keenan is back, Andrew Conway is back, and centre Bundee Aiki is preferred to Robbie Henshaw.

Cian Healy starts on the front row and James Ryan is in lock.

Iain Henderson, Ulster captain, has been named as one of the replacements for those who were unable to win the victory over Italy with Covid-19.

Peter O'Mahony who captained Ireland against Italy remains in the back row, alongside Josh van der Flier (and Caelan Dois).

Mack Hansen, the man who began Ireland's first three Six Nations fixtures, isn't in the squad.

Michael Lowry is out of the picture after his two-try debut. Henshaw, a veteran bench with four British and Irish Lions, takes over the number 23 jersey.

We will keep you posted.

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Ireland: Keenan; Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (capt.), Gibson-Park; Healy, Sheehan, Furlong, Beirne, Ryan; O'Mahony, van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Herring, Kilcoyne, Bealham, Henderson, Conan, Murray, Carbery, Henshaw.

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