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Sexton, Heaslip back for Ireland; O'Brien fit

Sexton, Heaslip return from injury for Ireland's Six Nations lineup vs France; O'Brien fit

Sexton, Heaslip back for Ireland; O'Brien fit

DUBLIN (AP) -- Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton and No. 8 Jamie Heaslip are back from injury for Ireland's Six Nations match against France at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Flanker Sean O'Brien is also fit after pulling out of the 26-3 win over Italy last weekend in the pre-match warm-up because of a hamstring twinge.

The return of three of Ireland's star players are the only changes from the team that started for the defending champions in Rome in Round 1 of the competition.

Prop Cian Healy is available again after injury and was named among the reserves by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt on Thursday.

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Ireland: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Simon Zebo, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Paul O'Connell (captain), Devin Toner, Mike Ross, Rory Best, Jack McGrath. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Isaac Boss, Ian Madigan, Felix Jones


Updated : 2021-09-28 04:18 GMT+08:00