Joe Schmidt has made one change to the Irish team.
After recording a famous 40-29 win over the All Blacks in Chicago, Ireland must do it all over again in Dublin on Saturday evening.
Last weekend saw Schmidt make fifteen changes to the Irish side to face Canada, with much attention placed on the performances of Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony in particular.
Both players had just returned from injury, and with Jodi Murphy ruled out for the foreseeable future, they were presented with the opportunity to challenge Josh van der Flier for a place in the backrow.
In fact, the composition of the backrow was the most talked about subject in Irish rugby circles this week, with cases being made for all three players. In the end, Schmidt has decided to go with O’Brien in the number seven jersey.
Elsewhere, Ultan Dillane’s injury means that Iain Henderson takes his place on the bench, with Devin Toner and Donnacha Ryan retained in the second row.
Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw once again form the midfield partnership, with Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo and Rob Kearney in the back field.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 17, 2016
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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