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Lowe Set For Debut As Ireland Team To Play Wales Is Named

Lowe Set For Debut As Ireland Team To Play Wales Is Named
By PJ Browne
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Andy Farrell has named his Ireland team to play Wales in the first game of the Autumn Nations Cup.

Leinster's James Lowe will make his Ireland debut in the match. The 28-year-old New Zealand-born back, who recently qualified to play for Ireland under the three-year residency rule, has been named on the wing.

Ulster out-half Billy Burns is the other uncapped player in the squad.

In all, there are seven personnel changes to the starting team from the side which was defeated by France in the final game of this year's Six Nations.

Lowe comes into the team in place of Andrew Conway with Hugo Keenan swapping wings. Chris Farrell takes Bundee Aki's place and Robbie Henshaw switches to inside centre.

At scrum-half, Jamison Gibson-Park will make his first start for Ireland in place of Conor Murray.


At hooker, Rob Herring is replaced by Ronan Kelleher, while in the second row Iain Henderson comes in for Tadhg Beirne.

There are more changes in the backrow with Peter O'Mahony and Josh van der Flier replacing CJ Stander and Will Connors. Caelan Doris retains his place and will switch to number eight.

Ireland team to play Wales

15. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan)
14. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD)
13. Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers)
11. James Lowe (Leinster)
10. Jonathan Sexton (C) (Leinster/St Mary’s College)
9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster)
1. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf)
2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne)
3. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD)
4. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy)
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD)
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution)
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD)
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College)



16. Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers)
17. Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD)
18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers)
19. Quinn Roux (Connacht/Galwegians)
20. Will Connors (Leinster/UCD)
21. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen)
22. Billy Burns (UIster)
23. Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster)

The two sides meet on Friday night at the Aviva with kick-off at 7pm. Ireland will also play England, Georgia and one of Fiji, France, Italy or Scotland in their final game of the competition.


Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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