Five Munster players in Irish squad for Argentina international

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named five Munster players in his 23 man squad that plays Argentina at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Peter O’Mahony, Keith Earls and CJ Stander have been picked in the starting lineup, while Joey Carbery and Andrew Conway are on the replacements bench.

However, there is no place in the panel for Tadhg Beirne, despite his excellent form and his two tries in Ireland’s 52-7 victory against Italy in Chicago last weekend.

Earls is named on the right wing and will be joined in the back three by Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale. Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki make up the centre partnership, with Garry Ringrose missing out through injury. Connacht’s Kieran Marmion has got the nod to partner Johnny Sexton at half back ahead of John Cooney and Luke McGrath.

The front row is made up of Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain) and Tadhg Furlong. Iain Henderson and James Ryan are in the second row, while O’Mahony and Stander are joined by Sean O’Brien in the Irish back row.

Ireland Team v Argentina: Jordan Larmour; Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway.

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