Wednesday 13 December 2017

JJ Hanrahan named at out-half as McFarland rings the changes for Emerging Ireland

Munster's JJ Hanrahan has been named at out-half for Ireland's clash with Uruguay
Munster's JJ Hanrahan has been named at out-half for Ireland's clash with Uruguay

JJ Hanrahan and Luke McGrath will form a new half-back partnership when Emerging Ireland take on Uruguay in the second game of the IRB Nations Cup.

Head Coach Dan McFarland has made a number of changes to the Emerging Ireland team who overcame Russia 66 – 0 in their opening game. This game was called to a halt after 45 minutes due to an electrical storm which was deemed too dangerous to continue play.

A new look front row sees John Ryan, Bryan Byrne and Richard Lutton all make their first start of the tournament while Billy Holland comes into partner Mick Kearney in the second row. 

Tommy O'Donnell moves from openside to blindside flanker, Sean Dougall is named at openside. They are joined by Paddy Butler at no.8 to make up the back row trio. 

A freshened-up centre pairing sees Brendan Macken make his first start of the tournament alongside Eoin Griffen. JJ Hanrahan is named at outhalf with Luke McGrath coming in at Scrum Half.

Craig Gilroy is named at full back with Johne Murphy and Michel Allen taking position on the wing. Johne Murphy will captain the game.

Emerging Ireland team to play Uruguay : Craig Gilroy; Johne Murphy, Brendan Macken, 12- Eoin Griffin, Michael Allen; JJ Hanrahan, Luke McGrath; John Ryan, Bryan Byrne, Richard Lutton; Mick Kearney, Billy Holland; Tommy O'Donnell, Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler.


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