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Friday 25 April 2014

Kidney rings 12 changes for Fiji clash

Ulster's Luke Marshall

IRELAND have retained only three players for Saturday's non-cap international against Fiji at Thomond Park.

Captain Jamie Heaslip, scrum-half Conor Murray and tighthead Mike Ross are the surviving trio who started last weekend's 16-12 defeat by South Africa.







The three uncapped players in the team are supplied by Ulster - inside centre Luke Marshall, wing Craig Gilroy and fly-half Paddy Jackson.







In-form Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall features on a strong the bench that includes Cian Healy, Donnacha Ryan and Jonathan Sexton.







New Zealand-born prop Michael Bent, who made his Test debut against the Springboks despite arriving in Ireland only two weeks earlier, must settle for a place among the replacements after losing out to Ross.







"We know it will be a difficult test and this is a vote of confidence for the players we've picked," coach Declan Kidney said.







"We know they'll do a job and they've been training really well over the last two and a half weeks. We feel they deserve their go."







Ireland, who face Argentina in the climax to their Guinness Series on Saturday week, have won all three previous meetings with Fiji.



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