Monday 25 March 2019

Tullow Tank Sean O'Brien handed starting berth for the Irish Wolfhounds

Sean O'Brien will appear for the Ireland Wolfhounds in their clash with England Saxons on Friday. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Sean O'Brien will appear for the Ireland Wolfhounds in their clash with England Saxons on Friday. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Sean O'Brien will return to action following a second shoulder reconstruction when lines out for the Irish Wolfhounds against the English Saxons tomorrow evening at Irish Independent Park.

The uncapped Jack Conan lines out at number 8 alongside O'Brien and Leinster team mate Dominic Ryan.

Iain Henderson continues his return from injury locking down in the second row alongside Mike McCarthy while the front-row consists of Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss and Jack McGrath.

Kieran Marmion will combine with Ian Madigan at half-back with Gordon D'Arcy and Keith Earls forming the centre partnership. Felix Jones will captain the side from full-back and is joined in the back three by Fergus McFadden and Luke Fitzgerald.

Front-row replacements for Friday's fixture include Rob Herring, Michael Bent and Nathan White.  Robbie Diack and Eoin McKeon provide back five cover with Isaac Boss, Noel Reid and Craig Gilroy covering the outfield.

The Ireland Wolfhounds, sponsored by Three, kick-off against the England Saxons at 19:45 at Irish Independent Park, Cork and the match will be televised live on RTE and Sky Sports.

 

IRELAND WOLFHOUNDS vs England Saxons

15. Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster) captain

14. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

13. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

12. Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

11. Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

10. Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)

9. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)

 

8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

7. Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)

6. Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

5. Mike McCarthy (Leinster)

4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

2. Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)

1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

 

Replacements:

16. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

17. Michael Bent (Leinster)

18. Nathan White (Galwegians/Connacht)

19. Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster)

20. Eoin McKeon (Corinthians/Connacht)

21. Isaac Boss (Terenure/Leinster)

22. Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster)

23. Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)

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