Sexton returns to Irish starting line-up

first_imgJohnny Sexton has been named at out half for Saturday’s clash with France, the Racing Metro number 10 hasn’t played since November following a head injury.Head coach Joe Schmidt has been asked how much of a risk he’s taking by choosing to start his playmaker: Heaslip and Sean O’Brien are in the back row meaning Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell is out of the match day 23 and Jordi Murphy goes to the bench. Rory Best starts at Hooker having recovered from concussion.Jamie Heaslip and Johnny Sexton are the only two changes to the starting line-up named to start.Paul O’Connell captain’s the side and is partnered in the second row by Devin Toner. The front-row is made up of Jack McGrath, Mike Ross and Rory Best. Heaslip joins Peter O’Mahony in the back-row alongside Sean O’Brien. Conor Murray and Sexton are reunited at half-back while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue their midfield partnership. The back three sees Rob Kearney flanked by Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo.Cian Healy and Jordi Murphy are added to the replacements alongside Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones.last_img