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Kidney makes 11 changes for match against Samoa

Published 09/11/2010 | 13:48

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has made 11 changes to the team that started against South Africa. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland coach Declan Kidney has made 11 changes to the team that started against South Africa. Photo: Sportsfile
Devin Toner will earn his first senior cap for Ireland against Samoa. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Devin Toner will win his first senior cap for Ireland in the second row this Saturday against Samoa as one of 11 changes to the starting team that played against South Africa.

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Devin Toner will be partnered by the experienced Donncha O'Callaghan and they will be supporting a new front row of Tom Court, Sean Cronin and John Hayes who are all selected to start.

Denis Leamy and Sean O'Brien are called into the back row, with Jamie Heaslip retaining the number 8 jersey.

Luke Fitzgerald makes the switch from wing to full-back, with Andrew Trimble coming into the vacant left wing position.

Paddy Wallace also comes into the team at inside centre to partner captain Brian O'Driscoll, and Ronan O'Gara and Peter Stringer, both used as replacements against South Africa, will form the starting half-back combination.

The replacements bench will be finalised after training on Thursday.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Samoa, 2010 GUINNESS Series, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, November 13, kick-off 2.30pm):

15 - Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

12 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

11 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

9 - Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)

1 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)

2 - Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)

3 - John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)

4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

5 - Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

6 - Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)

7 - Sean O'Brien (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:

To be confirmed later in the week

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