Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half

Italy’s Ian McKinley overlooked by Conor O’Shea who has opted to go with in-form Tommy Allan against Ireland

Ireland scored eight tries as they eased to a 56-19 bonus-point win over Italy in Dublin in the second round of the Six Nations on Saturday afternoon.

Ireland's next match is at home to Wales on 24 February. Ireland eased to a 63-10 win over the Italians in Rome previous year. Ireland, meanwhile, squeezed a last-gasp victory over France, with Johnny Sexton's stunning overtime drop-goal securing them a 15-13 win on the opening weekend.

"We're so happy we were able to give tickets away to such big rugby supporters and glad they got to experience a Welsh winning atmosphere at Principality Stadium".

Dan Leavy makes his first global start coming in for the injured Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut at number 8, while there are also starts for Devon Toner and Jack McGrath.

On came Jordan Larmour for his senior debut, as Schmidt emptied the bench.

Ireland kept the ball in hand early on and were three tries to the good after 20 minutes thanks to Henshaw, Bundee Aki and the pick from Conor Murray.

"We were a bit sloppy in the second half".

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Henshaw added his second try early in the second-half but landed in obvious agony on his shoulder, his leg beating against the ground through pain.

An update is expected on Sunday after Henshaw has a scan on the injury.

Joe Schmidt believes Ireland are "in a good place" after the Aviva Stadium stroll past Italy, even taking the positives from the ragged edges that allowed the visitors in for three tries.

"I think it is always nice when you get a compliment from an opposition captain, but ultimately we will look at this game and see there are a lot of things that we can do a lot better, especially in the second half", said Best.

Robbie Henshaw and Jacob Stockdale scored a brace of tries apiece but the former was one of two costly injuries - prop Tadhg Furlong the other - to the hosts, landing heavily on his shoulder in his second touchdown and having to have oxygen administered.

Late on, Matteo Minozzi scored a third for Conor O'Shea's side.

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