Schmidt names Jackson at fly-half with Sexton still injured

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Joe Schmidt's men are looking for their first win in this year's competition

By Simon Hunter

Paddy Jackson will start at fly-half as Ireland travel to play Italy in the Six Nations this weekend.

Joe Schmidt's men are hoping for their first win in this year's competition.

Rory Best will captain the side, while Craig Gilroy will be on the bench, and Iain Henderson is out with a hamstring strain.

Defence Coach Andy Farrell says their opponents on Saturday will be tough.


Ireland team to play Italy 

6 Nations Championship

Stadio Olimpico

Saturday 11th February 

14:25 GMT


R Kearney, K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, S Zebo, P Jackson, C Murray 


C Healy, R Best (c), T Furlong, D Ryan, D Toner, CJ Stander, S O'Brien, J Heaslip


N Scannell, J McGrath, J Ryan, U Dillane, J van der Flier, K Marmion, I Keatley, C Gilroy



Meanwhile, Ireland Women are also in Italy, and play on Sunday.

Ulster's Elsa van Staden and Claire McLaughlin will be on the bench.


Ireland Women team to play Italy Women

Women's 6 Nations Championship

Stadio Tommaso Fattori

Sunday 12th February

12:00 GMT


M Coyne, H Tyrrell, J Murphy, S Naoupu, A Miller, N Stapleton, A Hughes


L Peat, L Lyons, A Egan, E Anthony, M-L Reilly, C Griffin, C Molloy, P Fitzpatrick


J Finlay, I van Staden, C O'Connor, C Cooney, S Spence, M Healy, C McLaughlin, E Considine



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