Three Connacht players named for Six Nations opening game

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Three Connacht players have been named to the senior Irish squad that will face Wales in the opening weekend of the Guinness Six Nations Championship.

Mack Hansen, who has been making a name for himself in recent appearances, and Finlay Bealham will both be among the starting XV tomorrow.

On the replacements bench, Bundee Aki will also be representing the west of Ireland in Cardiff.

Johnny Sexton will be back captaining the Irish side, after sustaining a facial injury that needed surgery while playing against Connacht on New Year’s Day.

Ireland v Wales will take place in Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales this Saturday, with kick-off at 2:15pm.

The match will be broadcast live on Virgin Media and BBC television and on RTE and BBC NI radio.

The full Irish side for the coming game is:

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 25 caps
14. Mack Hansen (Connacht) 8 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 47 caps
12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 9 caps
11. James Lowe (Leinster) 15 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 109 caps (c)
9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 23 caps

1. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps
2. Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 13 caps
3. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 27 caps
4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 36 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 89 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 45 caps
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 23 caps

Replacements:

16. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 31 caps
17. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 121 caps
18. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 4 caps
19. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 68 caps
20. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 33 caps
21. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 100 caps
22. Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps
23. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 41 caps