3 Munster men to start as Joe Schmidt rings changes for final Japan test

Joe Schmidt rings the changes for Ireland as three Munster men start against Japan.

Joe Schmidt has made six changes to his Irish side to face Japan this weekend in the second test between the sides. Last weekend Ireland were impressive in their 50-22 victory over their hosts. Three Munster men have been chosen in the starting side with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls named in the back three while John Ryan starts in the front row.

For this weekend’s test Kieran Marmion, Jacob Stockdale and Luke Marshall come into the starting XV whilst Luke McGrath, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo drop out. In the forwards, James Tracy, Kieran Treadwell, who made his debut last week, and Josh Van Der Flier start at the expense of Niall Scannell, Quinn Roux and Dan Leavy. Rhys Ruddock will captain the side once more.

Ireland travel up the road this weekend to play at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo with the game kicking off at 6.40am Irish time. The match will be televised live on eirSport 2

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