Heaslip named Ireland skipper
Published 08/11/2012 | 13:28
Jamie Heaslip will lead Ireland in Saturday's Guinness Series opener against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium.
The Leinster number eight has been named captain in the injury-enforced absence of Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Rory Best.
Ireland's growing casualty list has forced coach Declan Kidney to name a new-look team, with Simon Zebo starting at full-back and Richardt Strauss featuring at hooker.
Ireland team: S Zebo (Munster); T Bowe (Ulster), K Earls (Munster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), A Trimble (Ulster); J Sexton (Leinster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Strauss (Leinster), M Ross (Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), M McCarthy (Connacht), P O'Mahony (Munster), C Henry (Ulster), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt).