Jordi Murphy comes into Irish rugby team to replace Jamie Heaslip

Jordi Murphy is coming in for Heaslip

Jordi Murphy is coming in for Heaslip

Jordi Murphy will start Sunday’s Ireland-England Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium in place of the injured Jamie Heaslip.

The inclusion of Murphy at No 8 is the only change made by National coach Joe Schmidt from the team that started a fortnight ago in the win against France.

Jack McGrath keeps his place at prop, even though Cian Healy has had another two weeks of training and preparation with the Irish squad.

Centres Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw get another opportunity to grow their partnership and Jonny Sexton is named at out-half after the eye injury, sustained against the French, cleared up.

Ireland team to face England in the RBS 6 Nations match in Dublin on Saturday:

R Kearney (Leinster), T Bowe, J Payne (both Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), S Zebo (Munster), J Sexton (Racing Metro), C Murray (Munster), J McGrath (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross, D Toner (both Leinster), P O'Connell (capt), P O'Mahony (both Munster), S O'Brien, J Murphy (both Leinster).

Replacements: S Cronin, C Healy, M Moore (all Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), T O'Donnell (Munster), E Reddan, I Madigan (both Leinster), F Jones (Munster).

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