The Ireland team has been named to take on reigning world champions South Africa in the opening fixture of the Bank of Ireland Nations Series at Aviva Stadium on Saturday (Kick-off 5.30pm).

A total of 13 Leinster Rugby players have been named in the matchday squad with 10 in the starting 15.

Johnny Sexton will lead the side out as captain for his 109th cap. He will partner Conor Murray in the half-backs, who is due to win his 100th cap.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose have been named as the starting centre partnership.

Hugo Keenan starts at full back in a back three that includes Mack Hansen and Robert Baloucoune.

It’s an all Leinster front row of Porter, Sheehan and Furlong.

James Ryan starts in the second row with Tadhg Beirne.

Peter O’Mahony, Josh Van Der Flier and Caelan Doris make up the back row.

Leinster’s Cian Healy, Jack Conan and Jamison Gibson-Park will be ready to make an impact from the bench when required.

IRELAND v South Africa:

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 23 caps
14. Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) 2 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 44 caps
12.Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 60 caps
11. Mack Hansen (Connacht) 6 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 108 caps CAPTAIN
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 99 caps

1. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 46 caps
2. Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 10 caps
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 60 caps
4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 33 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 46 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 87 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 43 caps
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 20 caps


16. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 28 caps
17. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 118 caps
18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 25 caps
19. Kieran Treadwell (Ulster/Ballymena) 8 caps
20. Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 30 caps
21. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 20 caps
22. Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 35 caps
23. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 6 caps.