Munster's Chris Farrell starts but John Ryan on bench for Ireland against Wales

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Munster's Chris Farrell starts but John Ryan on bench for Ireland against Wales

Munster centre Chris Farrell, who starts for Ireland against Wales on Saturday, pictured in action against Fiji last November

MUNSTER centre Chris Farrell is included in Ireland’s starting line-up for Saturday’s big NatWest 6 Nations Championship game with Wales at the Aviva Stadium, 2.15pm.

Rob Henshaw’s shoulder injury has seen Munster centre Farrell selected at outside centre. The 24-year-old made his debut against Fiji last November, while his second cap a week later was alongside Bundee Aki in midfield, who is again named at inside centre.

With Lions prop Tadhg Furlong ruled out due to injury, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has opted to start Leinster’s Andrew Porter at tighthead prop ahead of Munster’s John Ryan who is listed among the replacements.

Twenty two-year-old Porter comes in for his first Six Nations start in the game.

In all, five Munster players have been selected to start the game against Warren Gatland’s Welsh side.

The in-form Keith Earls is again selected on the right wing, while scrum-half Conor Murray will partner Johnny Sexton at half-back.

In the pack, two Munster forwards are selected in the back-row, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander.

Leinster’s Limerick-born hooker Sean Cronin is again included among the replacement for the Round 3 fixture.

IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Andrew Porter; James Ryan, Devin Toner; Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander. Replacements: Seán Cronin, Jack McGrath, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Jack Conan, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Fergus McFadden.

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Liam Williams, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steff Evans; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Samson Lee; Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (captain); Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Ross Moriarty. Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, George North.