6N: Ireland without Furlong, Gibson-Park, Healy for France

February 6, 2023 GMT

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland will face off with France in the Six Nations on Saturday without Tadhg Furlong, Jamison Gibson-Park and Cian Healy.

The trio didn’t play when Ireland beat Wales 34-10 in Cardiff on Saturday and the Irish Rugby Football Union confirmed their continued absence on Monday.

Furlong was still dealing with a calf issue.

Gibson-Park and Healy withdrew late from the matchday 23 last weekend after hamstring injuries.

Finlay Bealham will be expected to remain at tighthead prop in place of Furlong, and Conor Murray at scrumhalf while Gibson-Park recovers. Craig Casey backed up Murray and played the last 17 minutes.

Dave Kilcoyne stood in for Healy as the reserve loosehead against Wales.

Ireland and France are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the world.


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