Six Nations: Inclusion of Robbie Henshaw Ireland’s only change for France game

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Henshaw came on in the first half of last weekend’s 50-17 victory over Italy after teammate Leinster Ringrose broke his jaw.

The inclusion of Robbie Henshaw in place of injured Garry Ringrose is Ireland’s only change for Saturday’s Six Nations game against France in Paris.

Center Henshaw came on in the first half of last weekend’s 50-17 victory over Italy after teammate Leinster Ringrose broke his jaw.

The victory meant that another bonus point success in Paris will secure Ireland the title.

Prop Cian Healy will make his 100th Test appearance in Saturday’s game.

Healy, 33, joins Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, Rory Best, Paul O’Connell and John Hayes in the Irish roster to reach the 100 caps.

Henshaw’s pass from the bench sees Chris Farrell drafted into the Irish substitutes.

Hugo Keenan and Will Connors both retain their places in the starting lineup after their impressive debuts against the Italians with seasoned back-end Peter O’Mahony re-appointed to the bench.

Scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, who was introduced to make his debut last weekend, remains in the substitutes after overcoming a small hamstring issue while Connacht hooker Dave Heffernan also retains his place on the bench after his clash against Italy.

Gibson-Park is restraining the claims of Connacht’s Kieran Marmion and Ulster’s John Cooney, who was drafted into the extended squad as cover on Monday.

Ireland aim to add another Six Nations crown to their 2014, 2015 and 2018 triumphs.

To do this, they must score an unprecedented victory in bonus points at the Stade de France to be sure of holding the title rivals England.

Ireland are one point ahead of England and France in the table, with the top three still on the line with a chance of success. England face Italy at the bottom of their game.

France, which will name its team on Thursday morning, will be without wing injured Teddy Thomas but lock Bernard le Roux will be available after being cleared by a disciplinary committee for an act of foul play in last weekend’s game against Wales.

Ireland: Stockdale; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Keenan; Sexton (capitaine), Murray; Healy, Herring, Porter; Beirne, Ryan; Doris, Connors, Stander.

Representativelacements: Heffernan, E Byrne, Bealham, Dillane, O’Mahony, Gibson-Park, R Byrne, Farrell.

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