Thursday 17 April 2014

Gilroy in for Trimble as Ireland name team for crunch Argentina test

Craig Gilroy impressed with a hat-trick of tries in Ireland's non-cap international against Fiji

CRAIG GILROY will win his first full cap for Ireland in their crunch match against Argentina in the Guinness Series International at the Aviva on Saturday

Gilroy replaces his Ulster teammate Andrew Trimble on the wing, in the only change from the side that faced South Africa two weeks ago.

Having scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 53-0 win against Fiji, he was likely to get the chance to impress against Argentina in the must-win test.

Gordon D’Arcy and Keith Earls will continue in the centre while Jonathan Sexton is back at fly half after recovering from the tight groin he suffered in the warm up for the Fiji match

The forwards selection is unchanged from the side that played against South Africa, with Leinster’s Richardt Strauss winning his second full cap in the front row.

Ireland XV to play South Africa: Zebo ( Munster); T Bowe (Ulster), K Earls (Munster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), C Gilroy (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).

Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M Bent (Leinster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), I Henderson (Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O'Gara (Munster), F McFadden (Leinster).

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