Ultan Dillane To Start For Ireland v Italy

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his team for Sunday’s Six Nations meeting with Italy in Rome.

All four changes come in the pack, with Dave Kilcoyne, Sean Cronin, Ultan Dillane and Jordi Murphy given starting berths.

Cronin makes his first start in the Six Nations at hooker, despite earning his 68th cap. He replaces captain Rory Best.

Dave Kilcoyne partners Cronin and Tadgh Furlong in the front row, with Cian Healy rested.

Quinn Roux keeps his place in the second row and is partnered by his Connacht teammate Ultan Dillane, while Jordi Murphy comes in at number 8 for Jack Conan.

The backline is unchanged, with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray partnering in the half backs.

Uncapped outhalf Jack Carty is named on the bench, with Joey Carbery ruled out due to a hamstring injury.