The Ireland Club XV team to play Scotland Club XV in the opening game of the 2020 Club International Series at Netherdale on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm) has been confirmed.

Four players who took part in the 2019 series return and are joined by two other players with previous experience at this level.

Alan Kennedy featured against England Counties in 2017 and has been named as captain. He will start alongside Brian Hayes in the second row. John Sutton and Andy Keating are named in the front row with the uncapped Conor Maguire.

Michael Melia starts his fifth consecutive club international and packs down in the back row with Paul Derham and John Foley.

Aran Hehir and James Taylor form an exciting partnership at half back and outside Taylor will be his UCC club mate Peter Sylvester. Pa Ryan is at outside centre with a back three of Jamie Heuston, Colm Hogan and Jack Ringrose.

Ireland Club XV Team & Replacements (v Scotland Club XV, 2020 Club International Series, Netherdale, Galashiels, Friday, January 31, kick-off 7.30pm):

Player/Club/Caps –

15. Jamie Heuston (Garryowen) 0
14. Colm Hogan (Dublin University) 0
13. Pa Ryan (Shannon) 0
12. Peter Sylvester (UCC) 0
11. Jack Ringrose (UCD) 0
10. James Taylor (UCC) 0
9. Aran Hehir (Shannon) 0
1. Conor Maguire (Old Wesley) 0
2. John Sutton (Cork Constitution) 2
3. Andrew Keating (Garryowen) 1
4. Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution) 2
5. Alan Kennedy (Young Munster) 1
6. Michael Melia (Terenure College) 4
7. John Foley (Young Munster) 0
8. Paul Derham (Old Wesley) 0

16. Adam Clarkin (Terenure College) 0
17. Corrie Barrett (Garryowen) 0
18. JP Phelan (Clontarf) 0
19. Peter Claffey (Terenure College) 0
20. Ryan Murphy (UCC) 0
21. Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution)10
22. Bryan Fitzgerald (Garryowen) 0
23. Matthew Byrne (Terenure College) 0

2020 Club International Series Fixtures:

Scotland Club XV v Ireland Club XV

Friday, January 31, kick-off 7.30pm
Netherdale, Galashiels

Ireland Club XV v Scotland Club XV

Friday, February 7, kick-off 5.45pm
Energia Park, Donnybrook