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Ireland Name Team To Play Italy In First RWC Warm-Up Game

Ireland Name Team To Play Italy In First RWC Warm-Up Game
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland team to play Italy in his side's first warm-up game ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.

The squad features two uncapped players. Just days after qualifying to play for Ireland, Munster's South African-born second row Jean Kleyn has been named to start.

The other uncapped player is Kelyn's fellow Munster man, Mike Haley. The fullback has been named on the bench.

At openside, Tommy O'Donnell will win his first cap since 2016.

The team will be captained by Rhys Ruddock.


The game, which is being played at the Aviva, kicks off at 2pm on Saturday. It will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2.

Ireland team to play Italy

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Andrew Conway
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Chris Farrell
11. Dave Kearney
10. Joey Carbery
9. Luke McGrath


1. Jack McGrath
2. Rob Herring
3. Andrew Porter
4. Devin Toner
5. Jean Kleyn
6. Rhys Ruddock
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. Jordi Murphy


16. Niall Scannell
17. Cian Healy
18. John Ryan
19. Iain Henderson
20. Tadhg Beirne
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Jack Carty
23. Mike Haley


Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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