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Four Changes As Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Play All Blacks

Four Changes As Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Play All Blacks
By PJ Browne Updated

Joe Schmidt had named his Ireland team to face New Zealand at the Aviva on Saturday.

The starting XV features four changes from the side which defeated Argentina over the weekend.

Into the starting line-up comes Devin Toner in place of Iain Henderson in the second row. The Ulsterman takes a spot on the bench. Also in the forwards, Dan Leavy replaces the injured Sean O'Brien. Leavy came off the bench against Argentina when O'Brien suffered a fractured arm.

At full-back, Roy Kearney will play instead of Jordan Larmour. The exciting 21-year-old is among the replacements. At outside centre, Ulster's Will Addison is replaced by the fit-again Garry Ringrose.

Ireland team to play New Zealand

Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements:

Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

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The New Zealand team was named earlier today. Steve Hansen has made one enforced change from the team which beat England at the weekend. Due to a shoulder injury, Sonny Bill Williams has been replaced in the starting line-up by Ryan Crotty. Anton Lienert-Brown takes a place on the bench.

Kick-off at the Aviva on Saturday night is at 7pm.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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