Kleyn & Haley To Make Ireland Debuts
8th August 2019 By The Editor
Nine Munster players have been named in the Ireland matchday squad for the opening game of the Guinness Series against Italy on Saturday.
Munster’s Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut in the second row alongside Devin Toner in a new-look Ireland side captained by Rhys Ruddock.
Ruddock is joined in the back row by Jordi Murphy and Tommy O’Donnell, who won the last of his 12 caps against Scotland in 2016.
Jack McGrath, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter are named in the front row.
Luke McGrath and Joey Carbery fill the half back positions with Chris Farrell and Garry Ringrose named in the centre.
Jordan Larmour is at fullback with Andrew Conway and David Kearney on the wings.
The uncapped Mike Haley is included in the replacements. He is joined by Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne, Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty.
The match will be live on RTE and Channel 4.
Ireland Team & Replacements (v Italy, Guinness Series 2019, Saturday, August 10, Aviva Stadium, 2pm)
15 Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 13 caps
14 Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 12 caps caps
13 Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 20 caps
12 Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
11 Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 17
10 Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps
9 Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 10 caps
1 Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps
2 Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps
3 Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 14 caps
4 Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 64 caps
5 Jean Kleyn (Munster) 0 caps
6 Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 21 caps Captain
7 Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 12 caps
8 Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps
16 Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 14 caps
17 Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 88 caps
18 John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 18 caps
19 Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 44 caps
20 Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 5 caps
21 Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 25 caps
22 Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 3 caps
23 Mike Haley (Munster) 0 caps