Rugby Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray return to face Wales as Conan and Stander deployed in same back row

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Rugby Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back for Ireland
Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back for Ireland
‘The optics of this will be most apparent at half-back, where Ireland’s combination of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are expected to always get everything right.’ Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland will use specialist number eights Jack Conan and CJ Stander in the same back row against Wales on Saturday (KO2.0).

It serves to reinforce the interpretation that Joe Schmidt is going for power and dynamism in Japan, the two carriers getting their chance to show they can work together.

Jonathan Sexton will make his seasonal bow beside his usual half-back partner Conor Murray.

There will also be a first hit out for centre Robbie Henshaw, renewing his old Connach

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