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Thursday 30 March 2017

WATCH - Luke Fitzgerald predicts a return for experienced duo and the axe for Leinster rookies ahead of All Blacks clash

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions star Luke Fitzgerald is expecting Joe Schmidt to make a host of changes to his matchday 23 for the showdown with the All Blacks at the Aviva this Saturday.

Th All Blacks are on a revenge mission after the Irish ended their 111-year wait for a win over the Kiwis in Chicago in November 5.

Despite the impressive nature of Ireland's historic victory in Illinois, Fitzgerald is predicting a number of changes of personnel this weekend.

Leinster youngsters Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose have caught the eye in their first outings in green but they will make way for Paddy Jackson and Keith Earls this weekend, according to Fitzgerald.

He also believes that Peter O'Mahony's proficiency in the lineout and form shown against Canada will catapult him into the starting XV and that Sean O'Brien will make the matchday squad.

Jordi Murphy will miss the game due to the horrific knee injury he picked up in the famous triumph over Steve Hansen's men, meaning that Josh van der Flier would have to make way to make room for the Tullow Tank.

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