Murray ruled out with hamstring strain, Henderson to captain Ireland against France

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Murray Ruled Out With Hamstring Strain, Henderson To Captain Ireland Against France
Iain Henderson will captian Ireland for the first time against France. © PA Archive/PA Images
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Conor Murray has been ruled out of Ireland's Six Nations clash against France on Sunday due to injury.

The IRFU confirmed the Munster man would not line out against the Blues this weekend after picking up a hamstring strain in training earlier this week, with Jamieson Gibson Park taking his place.

Ulster's Billy Burns starts at 10 in the absence of Johnny Sexton, while Iain Henderson takes on the role of captain.

Lining out in the second row alongside the Ulster captain is Tadhg Beirne, who put in an impressive shift against Wales last weekend.

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Andy Farrell has made no changes in the front row, with Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter holding on to their starting positions.

Following a three-match suspension for Peter O'Mahony after he received a red card in the game against Wales, Rhys Ruddock slots beside Josh van der Flier, while CJ Stander gets the nod at Number 8.

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Unchanged from last weekend, Robbie Henshaw and Gary Ringrose take the inside and outside centre spots respectively, Rob Lowe and Keith Earls hold the wings and Hugo Keenan mans fullback.

Munster's uncapped Craig Casey will be eager to gain some game time off the bench, with Ross Byrne and Jordan Lamour also ready and waiting.

For the forwards, Tadgh Furlong, Ultan Dillane, Ronan Kelleher and Ed Byrne are also at Farrell's disposal for Sunday.

Ireland's second round fixture kicks off at 3pm in Dublin, with live coverage on Virgin Media 1.

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