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Ulster trio hold places as Leinster star Jordan Larmour set for Ireland debut in Six Nations clash with Italy

Ulster trio Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale will all start for Ireland against Italy while Leinster's up-and-coming star Jordan Larmour is expected to make his international debut off the bench.

The Leinster quartet of Jack Conan, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy and Jack McGrath have been drafted into Joe Schmidt's Ireland pack for Saturday's clash at the Aviva (kick-off 2.15pm).

Leavy comes in for the unfortunate Josh van der Flier while Cian Healy and CJ Stander revert to the bench to recoup from last weekend's dramatic win in Paris.

James Ryan drops out of the matchday 23 after picking up a slight knock in his impressive display at the Stade de France. Toner is selected in the second row alongside Iain Henderson with Connacht lock Quinn Roux among the replacements.

The Irish backline is unchanged.

Fergus McFadden drops out of the squad.

Ireland team to face Italy

(15-9) R Kearney; K Earls, R Henshaw, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; (1-8) J McGrath, R Best (capt), T Furlong; I Henderson, D Toner; P O'Mahony, D Leavy, J Conan.

Replacements: (16-23) S Cronin, C Healy, A Porter, Q Roux, CJ Stander, K Marmion, J Carbery, J Larmour.

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