Ireland star out of England match
TEAM UPDATE: Ireland lock Iain Henderson has been ruled out of this weekend’s Six Nations international against England because of family reasons, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced Friday.
Devin Toner will now replace Henderson in the second row, with the experienced forward set to win his 70th cap as Ireland go in search of a Triple Crown following wins over Scotland and Wales in the opening two rounds.
Ireland coach Andy Farrell, the father of England captain Owen Farrell, had initially named an unchanged starting XV on Wednesday following a 24-14 win over Wales in Dublin.
Ultan Dillane will now fill the bench vacancy for Sunday’s match created by Toner’s promotion into the starting XV.
Ireland – revised: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Caelan Doris, 21 John Cooney, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Keith Earls.
Date: Sunday, February 23
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Alexandre Ruiz (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)