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Stockdale set for Six Nations debut as three Ulster players named in Ireland team to face France

Jacob Stockdale will make his Six Nations debut this weekend while Rory Best captains Ireland and Iain Henderson also starts against France.

Robb Herring, the fourth Ulster player to make the Ireland training panel, is not included in the match-day squad.

Best is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong. Henderson and James Ryan line-out in the second row with Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander filling the backrow positions.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are named at half-back with Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw in midfield.  The back three consists of Rob Kearney at fullback with Keith Earls and Stockdale on the wings.

The replacements are Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, John Ryan, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery and Fergus McFadden.

Meanwhile, for France, Bordeaux's teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert has been named in the starting line-up, earning his international debut.

IRELAND Squad to play France

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 78 caps

14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 62 caps

13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 31 caps

12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 2 caps

11. Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 4 caps

10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps

9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 59 caps

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 73 caps

2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 106 caps  (captain)

3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 19 caps

4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 34 caps

5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps

6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 42 caps

7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps

8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 18 caps

Replacements

Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 56 caps

17. Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 42 caps

18. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 11 caps

19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 53 caps

20. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps

21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps

22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 6 caps

23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 32 caps

France squad to host Ireland

France: Palis; Thomas, Lamerat, Chavancy, Vakatawa; Jalibert, Machenaud; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Iturria, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Camara, Gourdon

Replacements: Pelissie, Priso, Gomes Sa, Gabrillagues, Tauleigne, Dupont, Belleau, Fall

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