Joe Schmidt makes five changes for Six Nations clash in Dublin

Dan Biggar

Joe Schmidt admits Ireland are short on experience and they can not "suddenly replace" the world-class talent of the three British & Irish Lions that will miss their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday.

The Munster centre will pick up his third worldwide cap when he takes to the pitch for Joe Schmidt's side who will be hoping to maintain their Grand Slam aspirations with a third successive victory after beating France and Italy.

Pack mainstays Furlong and Henderson both miss out through hamstring problems, while Munster centre Chris Farrell will win just his third cap in replacing Henshaw, sidelined with shoulder trouble.

Farrell picked up a knee injury during only his second ever Ireland appearance against the South Americans in that match, but he has overcome that knock to force his way back into the worldwide side.

The same is to be said for front-rower Porter and centre Farrell, both making their full Six Nations debuts. Joe Schmidt and Cian Healy at the team announcement press conference.

Tighthead prop Furlong went off against Italy after just four minutes two weeks ago having pulled up, while lock Henderson remained off at half-time with what head coach Joe Schmidt described as a "precautionary measure".

"Tadhg was close as well".

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Another change in the team is Devin Toner coming in for the injured Iain Hendrson and Ferris feels the loss of the Ulster man is "huge" given his athleticism and power, while he also described the game against Wales as the "biggest game of James Ryan's life" so far alongside Toner in the second row.

Rob Kearney is at fullback in an unchanged back three with Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

With McGrath and Conan dropping to the the bench, and John Ryan called up as backup at tighhead, the only other change on the replacements bench sees the versatile Fergus McFadden replace Jordan Larmour in the number 23 jersey.

Last year's 22-9 win for Wales was the first time they had not conceded double figures against Ireland in a Six Nations game since 1988.

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