O’Mahony captains Ireland as six from Munster squad start against Australia

O’Mahony captains Ireland as six from Munster squad start.

The Ireland coaching group have named the matchday squad that will take on Australia in the first Test of the Series at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday morning (11.05am Irish time).

In the absence through injury of Rory Best, Peter O’Mahony will captain the team.

O’Mahony first led Ireland on the summer tour to USA and Canada back in 2013, Munster teammate CJ Stander joins him in the back row, while John Ryan takes his place in the front row.

Three of Johann van Graan’s squad are represented in the backs as new signing Joey Carbery starts at 10, he’s joined by new half back partner Conor Murray, who will earn his 65th cap. Keith Earls starts on the wing as he closes in on 70 appearances for his country.

Limerick man Sean Cronin starts among the replacements with Rob Herring getting the nod to replace the injured Best.

The games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports (TV) and RTE 2FM (Radio).

Ireland Team & Replacements

15 Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 83 caps

14 Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 67 caps

13 Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 33 caps

12 Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 7 caps

11 Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 9 caps

10 Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 10 caps

9 Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 64 caps

1 Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 47 caps

2 Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 3 caps

3 John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 13 caps

4 James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 8 caps

5 Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 38 caps

6 Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 47 caps capt

7 Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 20 caps

8 CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 23 caps


16 Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 61 caps

17 Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 78 caps

18 Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 23 caps

19 Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 5 caps

20 Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 7 caps

21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 21 caps

22 Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 73 caps

23 Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 3 caps

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