Cian Healy: Ireland prop to win 100th cap against France in Six Nations
Healy will become just the sixth Irishman to reach 100 caps, joining Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, Rory Best, Paul O'Connell and John Hayes; Ireland chasing a fourth Six Nations title in seven years
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 28/10/20 6:39pm
Cian Healy will win his 100th Test cap in an Ireland team showing just one change for Saturday's Six Nations finale against France in Paris.
Leinster prop Healy will become just the sixth Irishman to hit a Test century at the Stade de France, as Andy Farrell's men chase a fourth title in seven years.
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Robbie Henshaw starts at outside centre in Ireland's sole change from last weekend's 50-17 thumping of Italy, the Leinster star stepping in for provincial mate Garry Ringrose, who is out with a broken jaw.
Munster's battering-ram centre Chris Farrell takes a seat on the bench after Henshaw's promotion to the starting XV, as Ireland take on the resurgent French.
An unprecedented bonus-point win over Les Bleus in Paris would hand Ireland another Six Nations crown, and their first under Farrell.
Former boss Joe Schmidt led Ireland to Six Nations glory in 2014, 2015 and 2018, with the last of those triumphs comprising just a third-ever Grand Slam.
Now new boss Farrell has an early chance to add to that legacy, but Ireland must break new ground to realise that aim.
Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, Rory Best, Paul O'Connell and John Hayes are the only Irishmen to reach the 100 cap mark.
Leinster's 33-year-old prop Healy will join that illustrious group on Saturday, where Ireland will be looking to ratchet up the performance levels after last weekend's facile win over Italy.
Ireland: 15 Jacob Stockdale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Hugo Keenan, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rob Herring, 3 Andrew Porter, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 6 Caelan Doris, 7 Will Connors, 8 CJ Stander.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Peter O'Mahony, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Chris Farrell.