Wednesday 7 December 2016

Joe Schmidt rings the changes for Canada clash as three debutants included in starting XV

Published 10/11/2016 | 13:46

Garry Ringrose of Ireland during squad training at Carton House in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose of Ireland during squad training at Carton House in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Joe Schmidt has handed debuts to Garry Ringrose, Jack O’Donoghue and Billy Holland with another five players set to do the same from the bench against Canada on Saturday.

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The Ireland coach has named an entirely new starting XV from the side who sealed the historic victory over New Zealand last weekend.

Ringrose makes his long-awaited bow in a green jersey alongside Luke Marshall in midfield while O’Donoghue and Holland have been rewarded for their excellent form with Munster with their first starts.

Keith Earls returns after missing the trip to Chicago through suspension while Paddy Jackson also comes back into the side after his off-pitch issues.

Peter O’Mahony skippers the side and makes up a powerful back-row alongside O’Donoghue and Sean O’Brien who makes his first start for Ireland in nine months.

Holland partners Ultan Dillane in the second-row while Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Finlay Bealham make up the front-row.

James Tracy, John Ryan, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath and Connacht winger Niyi Adeolukun will make their international debuts from the bench.

There was no place for Iain Henderson in the match day squad as he struggles to overcome a shoulder injury.

Ireland - T O’Halloran; C Gilroy, G Ringrose, L Marshall, K Earls; P Jackson, K Marmion; C Healy, S Cronin, F Bealham; U Dillane, B Holland; P O’Mahony (capt), S O’Brien, J O’Donoghue.

Reps: J Tracy, D Kilcoyne, J Ryan, D Ryan, D Leavy, L McGrath, J Carbery, N Adeolukun.

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