Kearney Returns for Ireland’s French Test
October 9, 2015 12:00 am client
The Ireland team to face France in Sunday’s final Rugby World Cup Pool D match has been announced.
Paul O’Connell captain’s the side and is joined in the second row by Devin Toner. The backrow is made up of Jamie Heaslip at No.8, Sean O’Brien at open-side and Peter O’Mahony at blindside.
Cian Healy starts and is joined in the front row by Mike Ross and Rory Best.
Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are paired at half-back with Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls named in midfield. The back three sees Rob Kearney return at fullback with Tommy Bowe and Dave Kearney on the wings.
Among the replacements are Richard Strauss, Jack McGrath, Nathan White, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Luke Fitzgerald.
Ireland team v France, Sunday, 11th October, Millennium Stadium, Rugby World Cup 2015 (KO 4.45pm)
15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
13. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s/Leinster)
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
5. Paul O’Connell (Young Munster) CAPTAIN
6. Peter O’Mahoney (Cork Con/Munster)
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)
16. Richardt Strauss Old Wesley/Leinster)
17. Jack McGrath (St Mary’s/Leinster
18. Nathan White (Connacht)
19. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
20. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)
21. Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)
22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster)
23. Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster)?