Thursday 13 December 2018

Andrew Conway a major doubt for Ireland as Joe Schmidt set to spring surprises on the bench for French clash

Andrew Conway (left), Luke McGrath (centre) and Joey Carbery (right).
Andrew Conway (left), Luke McGrath (centre) and Joey Carbery (right).
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Andrew Conway is Ireland's major injury concern ahead of Saturday's Six Nations opener in Paris.

The Munster player has been struggling in training this week and could lose his place amongst the replacements to Fergus McFadden.

As reported in Wednesday's Irish Independent, James Ryan is set to get the nod ahead of Devin Toner who is likely to have to make do with a place on the bench alongside Joey Carbery and Luke McGrath who are expected to be selected instead of Ian Keatley and Kieran Marmion respectively.

Carbery has only made one appearance - off the bench against Montpellier in the Champions Cup - since breaking his wrist last November against Fiji but Schmidt is set to keep faith in the 22-year-old out-half for Saturday's game ahead of Munster ten Ian Keatley.

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