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Joe Schmidt Poised To Make 15 Changes To The Team That Beat New Zealand

According to both the Irish Times and Irish Independent, Joe Schmidt will name an entirely changed starting XV to the team that beat the All Blacks in Chicago last weekend.

In all, six players are set to make their debuts, including Gary Ringrose, Billy Holland, Niyi Adeolokun, James Tracy, Dan Leavy and John Ryan.

For Holland to make his debut at 31 years of age, his story is almost unique in the context of professional rugby in Ireland, but is nonetheless well deserved after nine years of hard work with Munster. Conversely, Ringrose will make his much anticipated debut at 21, while much is expected of Adeolokun, who has also taken the lesser travelled path to international rugby.

Elsewhere, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien are expected to start in the backrow, alongside Josh van der Flier who replaced the unlucky Jordi Murphy after 25 minutes in Chicago.

Both the Independent and Times expect Iain Henderson to be included in Ireland’s match day squad, with the former claiming the Ulsterman will start from the bench and the later reporting that he will play alongside Ultan Dillane.

The front row that saw out the game against New Zealand are expected to start against Canada, meaning Cian Healy and Finlay Bealham will start either side of Sean Cronin.

Kieran Marmion and Paddy Jackson will form the half back combination, with Luke Marshall and Gary Ringrose selected in midfield. Finally the back three is expected to be comprised of Tiernan O’Halloran, Craig Gilroy and Keith Earls.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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