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Joe Schmidt Names Completely New Starting XV For Canada Test

Joe Schmidt has taken the opportunity to rest the players involved in Ireland’s win over New Zealand.

Following on from Ireland’s historic victory over New Zealand, Joe Schmidt as made a total of 15 changes to the side that took to the field in Chicago.

Given the intensity of last week’s clash and the fact that Ireland still have to face the All Blacks and Australia later this month, changes to the Irish side had been expected for this weekend’s tie against Canada. Furthermore, the game against the Canadians offers Schmidt to hand a number of players their debuts and give the like of Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien to get some game time.

To that end, both flankers have been named in a powerful looking backrow alongside Jack O’Donoghue at number eight.

The front row that saw out the game in Chicago will start against Canada, with in-form John Ryan hopefull of making his debut off the bench at some point in the fixture. Paddy Jackson comes in at fly-half ahead of Joey Carbery, partnering Kieran Marmion at half back.

Gary Ringrose will make his debut in midfield alongside Luke Marshall, with Tiernan O’Halloran, Keith Earls and Craig Gilroy selected in the back three.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.