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Open Thread: Pick your Ireland team to face Italy on Saturday

How would you like to see Joe Schmidt’s side line out in Rome?

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has some choices to make.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has some choices to make.
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FOLLOWING A DISAPPOINTING defeat at Murrayfield, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will name his match-day squad for their second tie of this year’s Six Nations on Thursday.

Before he does, we’d like to hear who would make your selection for the clash with the Azzuri on Saturday (KO 14.25 Irish time), from 1-23 and why, in the comments section below.

Starting on the back foot, and having ruled out their chances of winning both the Grand Slam and Triple Crown, Ireland seek redemption at the Stadio Olimpico and need their strongest possible side to do so.

Ireland team manager Paul Dean stated that there were no new injury concerns for Ireland at Carton House yesterday, but the fate of Johnny Sexton is still unclear.

So what changes will you make to last week’s match-day squad? Let us know who you think should make it this weekend in the comments section below.

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