Ireland team news
Ireland will debut rising Connacht star Mack Hansen this weekend, with the 23-year-old Australian winger surprisingly boosted by Farrell after hugely impressive club form.
He replaces the injured James Lowe after that epic win over the All Blacks in November, with Tadhg Beirne in charge against Iain Henderson, who is out of the squad after returning to training.
Center Robbie Henshaw is also out through injury, with Ulster’s James Hume set to earn just his second senior international cap on the bench.
How to watch
TV channel: Ireland v Wales is shown live on ITV, with coverage starting at 1.30pm.
Direct: Fans can also watch Saturday’s curtain raiser online via the ITV Hub or ITV website.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of this afternoon’s Six Nations opener between Wales and Ireland.
We’ll have all the preparation before kick-off at 2.15pm at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin…