The Emerging Ireland team to play South Africa President’s XV on Tuesday in their second game of the IRB Tbilisi Cup (KO: 2pm Irish time) has been named and includes eight Leinster players in the starting XV…

Niall Annett has been named off the bench to join Leinster props Jack McGrath and Michael Bent in the front row with Ian Nagle joining David Foley in the second row. Jordi Murphy makes his first start of the tournament alongside Rhys Ruddock and Robbie Diack in the back row.

A freshened-up centre pairing sees Noel Reid make his first start of the tournament alongside his provincial colleague Brendan Macken and John Cooney starts at scrum half.

Munster’s Dave O’Callaghan has been called into to the squad as a replacement for Lewis Stevenson who has returned home due to illness. O’Callaghan has been named on the bench.

This match will be streamed live on the IRB website –


15: Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
14: Niall Morris (Leicester/Exiles)
13: Brendan Macken (Blackrock/Leinster)
12: Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster)

11: Tiernan O’Halloran (Galwegians/Connacht)
10: Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)
9: John Cooney (Lansdowne/Leinster)

1: Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
2: Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
3: Michael Bent (Leinster)
4: David Foley (UL Bohemian/Munster)
5: Ian Nagle (Cork Constitution/Munster)
6: Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s/Leinster) CAPTAIN
7: Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

8: Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster)*


16: Robert Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
17: Richard Lutton (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
18: Dave O’Callaghan (Dolphin/Munster)
19: Eoin McKeon (Galwegians/Connacht)
20: Michael Heaney (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
21: Eoin Griffin (Galwegians/Connacht)*
22: Michael Allen (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Emerging Ireland Fixtures and Results – IRB Tbilisi Cup (All times are local) –

Friday 7th June, 19.00 Georgia v Emerging Ireland, Avchala Stadium 15 – 20
Tuesday 11th June, 17.00 Emerging Ireland v South Africa President’s XV, Avchala Stadium
Sunday 16th June, 17.00 Uruguay v Emerging Ireland, Avchala Stadium