Robbie Henshaw starts for Ireland for their Six Nations clash with France on Saturday in the only change to the team that beat Italy last weekend. 

The backline is the same with the exception of centre Henshaw, promoted off the bench in place of the injured Garry Ringrose, who broke his jaw last Saturday.

The Leinster man starts alongside Bundee Aki.

"It was a relatively straight-forward [selection]," said head coach Andy Farrell. 

"We wanted to look at the start of the week and see how things developed and what we did right [against Italy]."

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are the half-back pairing, while Jacob Stockdale continues at full-back.

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Andrew Conway and Hugo Keenan, who scored two tries on his debut last week, are the wingers.

Loosehead prop Cian Healy will win his 100th cap and he has Rob Herring and Andrew Porter for company in the front row.

"This is an unbelievable feat, and we honestly feel that it's an absolute privilege to be involved in this occasion with Cian," said Farrell.

"I feel hugely fortunate that as a coach I'm able to select him for his 100th cap.

"I actually feel like a cheat really, because there's far more coaches that have done far more down the line than I have.

"But the group feels unbelievably privileged to be involved in such an occasion with Cian, and in such a big game as well.

"I think the key word for Cian to describe him has been resilience.

"And like any top player I don't think they ever quite get comfortable enough to think that selection is just going to happen.

"And what's driven Cian on to be able to get to 100 caps is his fight to keep on improving. And over time he's understood himself and understood his body.

"I heard him say earlier in the week that he was a devilish kid and got away with murder as a youngster.

"But like any top professional who ends up getting to this milestone he has been unbelievably professional in how he has looked after himself and how he has driven himself to get to this milestone."


Tadhg Beirne retains his place alongside James Ryan in the second row, with Caelan Doris, Will Connors and CJ Stander in the back row.

Ireland will claim the Six Nations title if they can win with a bonus point, while a win by any margin will mean the destiny of the trophy will come down to points difference.

England face Italy in Rome in the afternoon and currently lie 23 behind Ireland in the points difference.

France are also in the mix but would realistically need a bonus point win and to beat England's presumed margin of victory over Italy by two points at least. 

The forwards replacements are as last week: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane and Peter O'Mahony will spring from the bench, while Chris Farrell comes in for Henshaw, with scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, who has shrugged off a hamstring complaint, and Ross Byrne in reserve. 

The former England international also confirmed that Kieran Marmion will travel with the squad as a reserve.

He said: "It's like last week. Kieran Marmion came in to the hotel in Dublin with us before the game so the same thing applies. Marmo will travel with us to Paris."

Ireland: Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Hugo Keenan, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander. 

Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Peter O'Mahony, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Chris Farrell. 

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