Six Nations: Joey Carbery starts with Johnny Sexton on bench for Ireland vs Italy

Ireland host Italy at the AVIVA Stadium on Sunday with a 3pm kick-off

Last Updated: 25/02/22 1:11pm

Joey Carbery has retained the starting 10 jersey with Johnny Sexton on the bench for Ireland

Joey Carbery will start at fly-half with Johnny Sexton on the bench for Ireland against Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Italy’s head coach Kieran Crowley has selected Leonardo Marin at inside centre for his first Test start.

Ireland XV: 15. Michael Lowry 14. Mack Hansen, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Joey Carbery, 9. Jamison Gibson Park, 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. Ryan Baird 6. Peter O’Mahony (captain), 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris.

Replacements: 16. Rob Herring, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Kieran Treadwell, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Craig Casey, 22. Johnny Sexton, 23. James Hume.

Italy XV: 15. Edoardo Padovani, 14. Pierre Bruno, 13. Juan Ignacio Brex, 12. Leonardo Marco, 11. Montanna Ione, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Stephen Varney, 1. Danilo Fischetti, 2. Gianmarco Lucchesi, 3. Pietro Ceccarelli, 4. Niccolo Cannone, 5. Federico Ruzza, 6. Giovanni Pettinelli , 7. Michele Lamaro (captain), 8. Toa Halafihi.

Replacements: 16. Epalahame Faiva, 17. Ivan Nemer, 18. Tiziano Pasquali, 19 David Sisi, 20. Manuel Zuliani, 21. Braam Steyn, 22. Alessandro Fusco, 23. Marco Zanon.

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