We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 12:28 | 14/3/19

Beirne to make Six Nations debut


Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales on Saturday, while Sean O'Brien will return to the starting XV.

Beirne has not featured in the competition after picking up a knee injury in Munster's Heineken Champions Cup win over Exeter in January, but he will benefit from Iain Henderson's misfortune.

Henderson suffered a knee injury in the win over France last weekend and has been restricted in training, paving the way for Beirne to take his place in the second row alongside James Ryan.

O'Brien, meanwhile, returns to the starting XV after missing out on the matchday squad against France with the Leinster flanker coming in for Josh van der Flier, who is ruled out because of a groin injury.

Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander join O'Brien in the back row, while Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong take their place in the front row.

Rob Kearney was a late withdrawal against France after complaining of soreness but he has recovered and will start at full-back as Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale are retained on the wings.

Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki are reunited in the centre as Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray team up in the half-back line.

Ireland (XV v Wales): R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, T Furlong, T Beirne, J Ryan, P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, CJ Stander.

Replacements: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, Q Roux, J Conan, K Marmion, J Carty, J Larmour.

eir sport is an official broadcaster of the 2019 World Cup in Japan with live coverage of all the matches in Japan. Subscribe here

Inpho Photography/Billy Stickland

O'Connell set for Stade exit

09:58 | 22/3/19

Paul O'Connell is reported to be on his way out of Stade Francais after just one season.


Stander to captain Munster

13:04 | 22/3/19

CJ Stander will captain Munster for the Guinness PRO14 clash against Zebre on Saturday night.


The Front Row: The Only Way Is Up

11:18 | 20/3/19

Ireland’s fortunes hit their lowest ebb in many years in Cardiff. It wasn’t just the result but the manner of it that set alarm bells ringing.


Hanrahan relaxed over selection

08:27 | 22/3/19

JJ Hanrahan is relaxed over whether or not he will be part of the Munster team for the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh.


McGrath and Leavy return for Leinster

13:03 | 21/3/19

Leinster have been boosted by the return of Ireland internationals Luke McGrath and Dan Leavy for Friday's Guinness PRO14 clash against Edinburgh.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.