Donnacha Ryan to start against Russia
Donnacha Ryan to start against Russia
Ireland Team To Face Russia
9 September 2011, 10:08 am
By The Editor
Delcan Kidney makes a number of changes to the side that defeated Australia last weekend for Ireland's game against Russia on Sunday.
Keith Earls moves to the centre with O'Gara starting at 10 and Donnacha Ryan taking over from Stephen Ferris at blindside. Leo Cullen captains the side in his first World Cup appearance. There are also first RWC appearances for Fergus McFadden and Paddy Wallace.

Ireland play Russia at Rotorua International Stadium on Sunday at 6am Irish time.

Ireland Team:
15 - Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14 - Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
13 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
12 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)*
11 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
9 - Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster)
1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 - Sean Cronin (Leinster)
3 - Tony Buckley (Sale)
4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 - Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)* Captain
6 - Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
7 - Sean O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:
16 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
17 - Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
18 - Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
19 - Shane Jennings (St.Mary's College/Leinster)
20 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
21 - Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
22 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester)

*Denotes RWC Debut

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