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There's A Few Surprises In The Irish Starting Lineup To Face Romania

There's A Few Surprises In The Irish Starting Lineup To Face Romania
By Gary Reilly
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The big news is that there's still no Robbie Henshaw but Joe Schmidt has still made 12 changes to the team to face Romania on Sunday. The Ireland boss was always going to make changes but there's a few surprises in the changes he's made.

Jared Payne was one who was expected to step aside. However, Schmidt has opted to pair him with Darren Cave in the centre with Luke Fitzgerald the one to miss out.

It had been thought that Rob Kearney would be given another run out form the start to prove his fitness but Simon Zebo gets his chance to impress at 15.

Speaking at the press conference to announce the team, Joe Schmidt also admitted that we could get a chance to see Ian Madigan display his scrum-half credentials at some stage on Sunday.


Irish Starting Lineup To Face Romania:


15. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
14. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
13. Jared Payne (Ulster)
12. Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
11. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
10. Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
9. Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)



1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2. Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
3. Nathan White (Connacht)
4. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
6. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) captain

16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
17. Jack McGrath (St Mary's College/Leinster)
18. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
19. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster)
20. Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)
21. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
22. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon)
23. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

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