Ireland team to face Fiji announced
November 16, 2017 2:21 pm client
Rhys Ruddock will captain Ireland and Andrew Porter will make his first senior international start in the side to take on Fiji at Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ruddock reprises his summer tour role as captain to lead the side. He is joined in the backrow by Jordi Murphy, who lined out for the Barbarians last week and Jack Conan.
Ultan Dillane joins Devin Toner in the engine room of the second row while Jack McGrath returns to duty in the front row where he is joined by Rob Herring and Andrew Porter.
Joey Carbery will start at out-half, with Kieran Marmion partnering him in the half-backs.
Munster’s Chris Farrell is set to win his first cap alongside Stuart McCloskey in a new look centre partnership on Saturday evening.
Andrew Conway moves to fullback with Darren Sweetnam, who won his first cap last week, starting for the first time. Dave Kearney returns to the side to complete the back three.
James Tracy, who made his debut this time last year against Canada and Kieran Treadwell, who won his first cap on the summer tour are included in the replacements.
Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander and Robbie Henshaw are included from last week’s starting fifteen with Luke McGrath and Ian Keatley completing the replacements.
Ireland Team & Replacements (v Fiji, Guinness Series 2017, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 18th November, 5.30pm)
15. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 4 caps
14. Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster) 1 cap
13. Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster)*
12. Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 1 cap
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 16 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 5 caps
9. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 17 caps
1. Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 41 caps
2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 2 caps
3. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
4. Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 10 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 51 caps
6. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 17 caps CAPTAIN
7. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 17 caps
8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 4 caps
16. James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 71 caps
18. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 17 caps
19. Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) 2 caps
20. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 16 caps
21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
22. Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
23. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 30 caps
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