Ireland play Wales in the opening round of the Six Nations on Saturday and are favourites to come out on top against a injury-ravaged Wales
ere is everything you need to know about the game:
What time is kick-off?
Kick-off in the Aviva Stadium is at 2:15 PM.
Where can I watch it?
The game will be shown on RTÉ2, ITV and S4C and will be streaming on the RTE Player, We'll also be live-blogging all the action as it happens here on Independent.ie.
What are the line-ups?
Connacht's star winger Mack Hansen has been one of the breakout stars of the provincial season and has done enough in the squad's pre-tournament training camp in Portugal to convince Andy Farrell he's the man to take over from the injured James Lowe on the left wing The team lines out as below.
Ireland team to play Wales – H Keenan, A Conway, G Ringrose, B Aki, M Hansen; J Sexton (capt), J Gibson-Park; A Porter, R Kelleher, T Furlong; T Beirne, J Ryan; C Doris, J van der Flier, J Conan. Reps: D Sheehan, C Healy, F Bealham, Ryan Baird, P O'Mahony, C Murray, J Carbery, R Henshaw.
Replacements: D Sheehan, C Healy, F Bealham, R Baird, P O’Mahony, C Murray, J Carbery, J Hume.
Wales team to face Ireland – L Williams (Scarlets); J McNicholl (Scarlets), J Adams (Cardiff), N Tompkins (Saracens), L Rees-Zammit (Gloucester); D Biggar (Northampton, capt), T Williams (Cardiff); W Jones (Scarlets), R Elias (Scarlets), T Francis (Ospreys), W Rowlands (Dragons), A Beard (Ospreys), E Jenkins (Cardiff), T Basham (Dragons), A Wainwright (Dragons).
Replacements: D Lake (Ospreys), G Thomas (Ospreys), D Lewis (Cardiff), S Davies (Cardiff), R Moriarty (Dragons), G Davies (Scarlets), C Sheedy (Bristol), O Watkin (Ospreys).
What are the odds ?
Despite Wales going into the tournament as defending champions, the bookies have Ireland as strong favourites at 1/7 while Wales are priced at 9/2.
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