Wednesday 24 January 2018

Marshall to lay down the law against Romanians

Paul Marshall, Emerging Ireland. Picture credit: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
Paul Marshall, Emerging Ireland. Picture credit: Alex Nicodim / SPORTSFILE
David Kelly

David Kelly

Paul Marshall and Ian Keatley will form the half-back partnership Emerging Ireland hope can secure them back-to-back Nations Cup titles when they tackle the hosts Romania in the final tomorrow afternoon

The Irish make four key changes for the final tussle which, one presumes, will be a little more taxing than the cakewalks they have encountered thus far against Russia and Uruguay.

Ulster scrum-half Marshall comes in for the concussed Luke McGrath, while Ian Keatley replaces his Munster rival JJ Hanrahan at out-half. Stuart McCloskey replaces Brendan Macken in the centre, a change which will push Connacht's Eoin Griffin from inside-centre to outside-centre.

Andrew Conway replaces Michael Allen on the left wing while Craig Gilroy switches from full-back to allow Johne Murphy to come in on the right-wing.

The IRFU have confirmed that one of the two concussed players, McGrath, only returned home as a replacement player was not required to be called into the squad.

Emerging Ireland (v Romania): J Murphy; C Gilroy, E Griffin, S McCloskey, A Conway; I Keatley, P Marshall; J Ryan, J Tracy, M Bent, B Holland, D Foley, D Ryan (capt), S Dougall, R Copeland. Subs: B Byrne, R Lutton, P Butler, T O'Donnell, M Heaney, JJ Hanrahan, B Macken.

Kick Off: 5.00

Irish Independent

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