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Who would you like to see in Ireland's starting XV for the Six Nations?

Who will play if Jonathan Sexton isn’t fit and more selection dilemmas facing Joe Schmidt.

Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt faces some tough calls ahead of the Six Nations.
Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt faces some tough calls ahead of the Six Nations.
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WE’RE ALMOST INTO February, which means that as ever, the Six Nations is on the horizon.

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side will be looking to secure a historic three-in-a-row this year, but he faces a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the opening game.

After the Ireland coach named a 35-man squad for the two opening rounds of the competition last week, talk has now turned to the starting side.

With Jonathan Sexton’s fitness in doubt, should Ian Madigan or Paddy Jackson be used as back-up?

Is it wiser to use Robbie Henshaw in the centre or at fullback? What midfield pairing should Schmidt opt for?

Should the inexperienced and uncapped likes of CJ Stander and Stuart McCloskey be handed starting spots?

Let us know what starting XV you think Schmidt should go with in the comments section below, as Ireland prepare for their first game of the campaign at home to Wales on 7 February.

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