Rugby: Rugby-Winger Hansen to make Ireland debut after rapid ascent


DUBLIN (Reuters) -Connacht’s Mack Hansen will make his Ireland debut simply months after the Australian-born winger’s arrival within the nation as coach Andy Farrell named an in any other case skilled aspect for Saturday’s Six Nations opener towards Wales.

Hansen, whose mom is Irish, has scored six tries in 9 appearances since his Connacht debut final September. He is available in for the injured James Lowe in considered one of solely two modifications from the aspect that began November’s commanding 29-20 win over New Zealand.

Tadhg Beirne, who got here off the bench towards the All Blacks and has been in glorious latest type for Munster, will get the nod at lock.

There was no place within the matchday squad for fellow second row Iain Henderson, whose coaching load was being managed this week after his return from harm.

British and Irish Lions centre Robbie Henshaw was additionally not included within the squad, with Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki beginning in midfield and Ulster’s James Hume in line for a second cap off the bench.

Ireland workforce:

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster) 16 caps

14. Andrew Conway (Munster) 27 caps

13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster) 37 caps

12. Bundee Aki (Connacht) 33 caps

11. Mack Hansen (Connacht) uncapped

10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster, captain) 101 caps

9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 12 caps

8. Jack Conan (Leinster) 22 caps

7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster) 35 caps

6. Caelan Doris (Leinster) 12 caps

5. James Ryan (Leinster) 40 caps

4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 25 caps

3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster) 52 caps

2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster) 16 caps

1. Andrew Porter (Leinster) 40 caps


16. Dan Sheehan (Leinster) 2 caps

17. Cian Healy (Leinster) 112 caps

18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht) 18 caps

19. Ryan Baird (Leinster) 6 caps

20. Peter O’Mahony (Munster) 79 caps

21. Conor Murray (Munster) 92 caps

22. Joey Carbery (Munster) 27 caps

23. James Hume (Ulster) 1 cap

(Reporting by Padraic HalpinEditing by Toby Davis)

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