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.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) June 7, 2018
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