The Emerging Ireland team to play Russia in the opening match of the IRB Nations Cup on Friday afternoon has been announced.

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan will captain Emerging Ireland when the side take on Russia in the IRB Nations Cup this Friday afternoon. He will be joined in the back row by Tommy O’Donnell and Robin Copeland.

Callum Black, Niall Annett and Michael Bent are named in the front row, while Mick Kearney and David Foley are paired in the second row.

Johne Murphy has been named at full back, he will be partnered by Craig Gilroy and Andrew Conway on the wings.

Eoin Griffin and Stuart McCloskey make up the centre paring with Ian Keatley taking on the out-half responsibilities and Paul Marshall at scrum half.

James Tracy, Luke McGrath and Brendan Macken, who all started in Leinster A’s British & Irish Cup Final win last month against Leeds Carnegie, have all been named on the bench for the game against Russia. 

The Ireland games will be streamed at – www.irb.com

Emerging Ireland team to play Russia (IRB Nations Cup – Friday 13th June, Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest – 16:00hrs local/ 14:00hrs Irish time)

15- Johne Murphy (Young Munster/Munster)*
14- Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)
13- Eoin Griffin (Galwegians/Connacht)*
12- Stuart McCloskey (Dungannon/Ulster)*
11- Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Munster)*
10 – Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)
9- Paul Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)
1- Callum Black (Malone/Ulster)*
2- Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
3- Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster)
4- Mick Kearney (Clontarf/Connacht)*
5- David Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
6- Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)* Captain
7- Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
8- Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)*

Replacements:

16-James Tracy (UCD/Leinster)*
17-John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster)*
18- Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
19- Sean Dougall (Dolphin/ Munster)*
20- Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster)*
21-JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
22- Brendan Macken (Blackrock College/Leinster)*

N.B. *denotes uncapped player