Tuesday 25 July 2017

Ireland team to play Italy announced

New Ireland cap Kevin McLaughlin (right) shares a joke with Declan Kidney at today's press conference. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
New Ireland cap Kevin McLaughlin (right) shares a joke with Declan Kidney at today's press conference. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
McLaughlin in action for Ireland A against Tonga last November. Photo: Oliver McVeigh, Sportsfile
Jerry Flannery and the Ireland squad hard at it during training at the RDS in Dublin. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Brian O'Driscoll did not take full part in the training session. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Kevin McLaughlin is the one new cap named in the Ireland team to play Italy this Saturday in Croke Park.

The 25 year old Leinster player will start his first international alongside David Wallace and Jamie Heaslip in the Ireland backrow in the opening game of the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Andrew Trimble returns to the team after winning his last cap against England at Twickenham in March 2008.

Gordon D'Arcy renews his centre partnership with Brian O'Driscoll while Ronan O'Gara will earn his 94th cap partnering Tomas O'Leary.

Jerry Flannery starts at hooker alongside John Hayes and Cian Healy while Rory Best is named in the replacements following his recovery from injury.

Ireland Team & Replacements


1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 - Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
3 - John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)
4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 - Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 - Kevin McLaughlin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
7 - David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)
9 - Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin/Munster)
10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
11 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
15 - Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Replacements

16 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
17 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 - Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)
19 - Sean O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
20 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
21 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)
22 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Unavailable due to injury:

Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)

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