Thursday 18 January 2018

Rob Kearney back in side to play New Zealand

Rob Kearney. Photo: Getty Images
Rob Kearney. Photo: Getty Images

The Ireland team to play New Zealand in the third game of the Guinness Series 2010 shows eleven changes from the side that defeated Samoa last weekend.

Rob Kearney has recovered from the injury he picked up against South Africa and comes back into the side at full-back with Luke Fitzgerald moving to the left wing.

Gordon D'Arcy resumes his provincial partnership alongside Ireland Captain Brian O'Driscoll with Jonathan Sexton and Eoin Reddan also recalled to the starting XV.

Up front Tom Court switches to tight head with Cian Healy and Rory Best completing the front row. Donncha O'Callaghan will be partnered by Mick O'Driscoll in the second row while Stephen Ferris and David Wallace join Jamie Heaslip to complete the line up.

Ireland Team (to play New Zealand, Guinness Series 2010, Aviva Stadium, November 20th, 17:30)

15 - Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) Captain

12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

11 - Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrcok College/Leinster)

10 - Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary's College/Leinster)

9 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

2 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

3 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)

4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

5 - Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)

6 - Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)

7 - David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)


16 - Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)

17 - John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)

18 - Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

19 - Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)

20 - Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)

21 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

22 - Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)

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