Best makes another appearance for Ireland this series.

Ireland have announced the teams for Connacht and France.

The team to face France features four Ulstermen with Trimble and Best starting and Court and Ferris to see some action from the bench. It’s a welcome return to action for Big Stevie who has been smashing them up in training the last week in anticipation of his return from injury.

The Ireland Select for Connacht features 3 Ulstermen with Paddy getting a run at out half alongside his old mate Isaac Boss. Darren Cave slips into inside centre and it’s good to see DC back in the Ireland set up after his injuries last season. I’m also delighted to see the oft overlooked Ian Whitten on the bench. Boy oh boy is it going to be a competitive midfield for Ulster this season!
Ireland Team & Replacements (v France, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Saturday, August 20th, kick-off 5.00pm local):

15 – Felix Jones (Munster)
14 – Andrew Trimble (Ulster)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster) Captain
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster)
11 – Keith Earls (Munster)
10 – Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)

9 – Tomas O’Leary (Munster)
1 – Cian Healy (Leinster)
2 – Rory Best (Ulster)
3 – Mike Ross (Leinster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster)
5 – Paul O’Connell (Munster)
6 – Sean O’Brien (Leinster)
7 – David Wallace (Munster)
8 – Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

Replacements:
16 – Jerry Flannery (Munster)
17 – Tom Court (Ulster)
18 – Mike McCarthy (Connacht)
19 – Stephen Ferris (Ulster)
20 – Eoin Reddan (Leinster)
21 – Ronan O’Gara (Munster)
22 – Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster)

 

Ireland Select XV Team & Replacements (v Connacht, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin, Thursday, August 18th, kick-off 6.30pm local):

15 – Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
14 – Johne Murphy (Munster)
13 – Darren Cave (Ulster)
12 – Ian Keatley (Munster)
11 – Fergus McFadden (Leinster)
10 – Paddy Wallace (Ulster)
9 – Isaac Boss (Leinster)

1 – Tony Buckley (Sale)
2 – Sean Cronin (Leinster)
3 – John Hayes (Munster)
4 – Mick O’Driscoll (Munster)
5 – Leo Cullen (Leinster)
6 – Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster)
7 – Shane Jennings (SLeinster)
8 – Denis Leamy (Leinster)

Replacements:
16 – Damien Varley (Munster)
17 – Marcus Horan (Munster)
18 – Donnacha Ryan (Munster)
19 – Niall Ronan (Munster)
20 – Conor Murray (Munster)
21 – Denis Hurley (Munster)
22 – Ian Whitten (Ulster)

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