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Schmidt Names Side For RWC Opener

17th September 2015 By Munster Rugby

Schmidt Names Side For RWC Opener

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named his side for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D opener with Canada on Saturday and includes five Munster players in his matchday 23. Kick-off is at 2.30pm in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named his side for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D opener with Canada on Saturday and includes five Munster players in his matchday 23. Kick-off is at 2.30pm in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

In a side that is captained by Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony starts at 6 with Conor Murray recovering from a concussion sustained against England almost a fortnight ago to start at scrum-half.

Keith Earls starts on the left wing with Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo named amongst the replacements.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Canada, 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D, Millennium Stadium, Saturday, September 19, kick-off 2.30pm):

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
13. Jared Payne (Ulster)
12. Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
11. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
10. Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
5. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster) (capt)
6. Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)
7. Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)

Replacements:
16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
18. Nathan White (Connacht)
19. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
20. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)
21. Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)
22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
23. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)

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