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Ireland Get Ready For 6 Nations Clash With Italy

10 February 2018, 08:49 | Winston Chapman

Joe Schmidt 'That was probably the disappointment for us that we did start to drop off there.'

Joe Schmidt 'That was probably the disappointment for us that we did start to drop off there.'

Ireland continue their Six Nations campaign this afternoon as Italy come to town.

Captain Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale all hold their places in the team from the side that edged France in last Saturday's thriller at the Stadt de France.

Dan Leavy makes his first worldwide start coming in for the injured Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut at number 8, while there are also starts for Devon Toner and Jack McGrath.

The Ireland playmaker stepped up in the final seconds of the game to sink a 45 metre drop goal, snatching victory against the French at the very death.

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Italy boss Conor O'Shea says he's incredibly excited to take his players to Dublin for the first time this afternoon.

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Such late heroics from Johnny Sexton aren't expected to be required as the Italians arrive off the back of a 15-46 defeat at home to England last Sunday.

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