Allen Clarke and Girvan Dempsey have made 10 changes to the Emerging Ireland starting XV ahead of their clash with Uruguay tomorrow (Wednesday 17th June) at the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup in Georgia, with Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock once again leading the side from the back row.

Just Eoin Griffin, Matt Healy, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland and Ruddock are retained from the side that started the tournament with a 25-0 victory over Emerging Italy on Saturday.  Ruddock is joined in the back-row by Frank Taggart at open-side and Eoghan Masterson at No.8.  Billy Holland is partnered in the second row by Andrew Browne with James Cronin and David Heffernan coming into the front row alongside Stephen Archer.
John Cooney and Rory Scannell get the opportunity to impress as the starting half-back pairing while Clontarf’s Noel Reid will form a midfield partnership with Eoin Griffin.  Peter Nelson and Cian Kelleher, who made his Leinster debut in the Guinness PRO12 game away to Edinburgh in Round 22, start in the back three alongside Matt Healy who backs up from Saturday’s game against the Italians.
Rob Herring, Denis Buckley, Andrew Warwick, Ben Marshall, Dan Leavy, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath and JJ Hanrahan provide cover from the bench.
Emerging Ireland Coach, Allen Clarke commented, “First and foremost our thoughts are with the citizens of Tbilisi.  We have luckily been unaffected by the adverse weather conditions and we are thankful to the Georgian Rugby Union for their hospitality and consideration during what is undoubtedly a very difficult and upsetting time.”
Looking ahead to the game against Uruguay, Clarke commented, “This game offers a further opportunity for those within the squad to show that they can compete at this level.  Although there were some positives from opening fixture there were also a number of areas that we know we will need to improve to keep progressing in this tournament.”
Uruguay lost their opening fixture of the Tbilisi Cup to hosts Georgia 19-10.  Uruguay will play in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2015 competing with England, Australia, Wales and Fiji.  Emerging Ireland’s final game of the tournament is against host nation Georgia on Sunday 21st June.
Emerging Ireland Squad to play Uruguay
Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia KO 17:00 / 14:00 GMT
15. Peter Nelson (Malone/Ulster)
14. Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)
13. Eoin Griffin (London Irish)
12. Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster)
11. Matt Healy (Lansdowne/Connacht)
10. Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster)
9. John Cooney (Terenure/Connacht)
1. James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)
2. Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht)
3. Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution/Munster)
4. Andrew Browne (Galwegians /Connacht)
5. Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster)
6. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) captain
7. Frank Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
8. Eoghan Masterson (Corinthians/Connacht)
16. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
17. Denis Buckley (Corinthians/Connacht)
18. Andy Warwick (Ballymena/Ulster)
19. Ben Marshall (Old Belvedere/Connacht)
20. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster)
21. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
22. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster)
23. JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Emerging Ireland Team Management
Allen Clarke                           Coach
Girvan Dempsey                   Assistant Coach
Joey Miles                              Manager
Jim McShane                         Team Doctor
Karl Denvir                            Physio
Sean Mannion                       Team Analyst
Aidan O’Connell                    S&C Coach
Johnny O’Hagan                   Baggage Man
Carmel O’Dwyer                   Squad Coordinator
Emerging Ireland Fixtures / Results
Saturday 13th June
Emerging Italy 0                                EMERGING IRELAND 25
Wednesday 17th June 17:00 (14:00 GMT)
Sunday 21st June 19:00 (16:00 GMT)