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Ireland Team To Face Georgia

26th November 2020 By The Editor

Shane Daly will make his Ireland debut against Georgia.

Shane Daly will make his Ireland debut against Georgia. Inpho

The Ireland Coaching Team have named the side to play Georgia in the Guinness Series at Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Eight Munster players are included, with the uncapped Shane Daly among the replacements in a much-changed match day 23 that will again be captained by James Ryan.

Daly is a graduate of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and a product of Highfield, PBC and Cork Constitution.

Ryan is joined in the 2nd Row by Iain Henderson and they will pack down behind a front row of Finlay Bealham at loosehead, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter.

Tadhg Beirne is selected on the blindside flank, Will Connors is at openside and CJ Stander reverts to No.8.

Billy Burns, whose deft chip put Jacob Stockdale in for a try against England, starts for the first time having won two caps off the bench. He is joined by the vastly experienced Conor Murray who wins his 86th cap.

In the centre Stuart McCloskey will win his 4th cap when he starts alongside Chris Farrell while Jacob Stockdale is at fullback with Hugo Keenan and Keith Earls on the wings.

Shane Daly, who won the All-Ireland League with Cork Constitution in 2019, will be aiming to make his international debut off the bench. He’s named with Kieran Marmion and Ross Byrne as backline cover.

Dave Heffernan, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Quinn Roux and Peter O’Mahony are the forward replacements.

Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is 2.00pm on Sunday 29th November and the game is live on RTÉ , Channel 4 and Amazon Prime (UK Only).

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Georgia, Guinness Series/Autumn Nations Cup, Aviva Stadium, Sunday, November 29, kick-off 2pm):

15 Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 31 caps

14 Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps

13 Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 12 caps

12 Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 3 caps

11 Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 86 caps

10 Billy Burns (UIster) 2 caps

9 Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 85 caps

1 Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 13 caps

2 Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 14 caps

3 Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 30 caps

4 Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 56 caps

5 James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 30 caps Captain

6 Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 16 caps

7 Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps

8 CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 44 caps


16 Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps

17 Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 102 caps

18 John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 21 caps

19 Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 14 caps

20 Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 71 caps

21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 27 caps

22 Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps

23 Shane Daly (Cork Constitution/Munster) uncapped

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