Ireland have announced their team for their opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium (KO 2 pm).
As expected, the team is a blend of youth and experience as those who are selected will be desperate to make an impression in order to be selected for the final 31-man squad that travels to Japan.
Today is the day that Jean Kleyn qualifies to play for Ireland and that has nicely coincided with today’s team announcement with the Munster lock being pencilled in to start alongside Devin Toner in the second-row.
Up front, Jack McGrath will have an opportunity to stake a claim and he partners with Rob Herring and Andrew Porter to complete the front-row. Tommy O’Donnell starts at openside in the back-row where he will be joined by Rhys Ruddock and Jordi Murphy.
In the backline, Luke McGrath partners his former provincial colleague Joey Carbery in the half-backs while Chris Farrell and Garry Ringrose form an intriguing centre partnership. Dave Kearney and Andrew Conway line up on the wings while Jordan Larmour takes his place at full back.
On the bench, Munster’s Mike Haley looks set for his international debut as he takes the 23 shirt.
Ireland Team To Play Italy:
Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell, Dave Kearney, Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath, Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Jean Kleyn, Rhys Ruddock, Tommy O’Donnell, Jordi Murphy.
Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne, Kieran Marmion, Jack Carty, Mike Haley.