Rob Kearney Starts Full Back For All Blacks Clash

Joe Schmidt has picked his 22 man squad for tomorrow’s big game against the All Black in Chicago. 21-year-old pair Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose could make their Test debuts from the Ireland bench. Leinster man Kearney missed Ireland’s tour of South Africa due to a hamstring injury but has been reinstated in the 15…

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Joe Schmidt has picked his 22 man squad for tomorrow’s big game against the All Black in Chicago.

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21-year-old pair Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose could make their Test debuts from the Ireland bench.

Leinster man Kearney missed Ireland’s tour of South Africa due to a hamstring injury but has been reinstated in the 15 shirt, with Jared Payne returning to the midfield alongside Robbie Henshaw.

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are the halfbacks, as Simon Zebo and Andrew Trimble start out wide.

Schmidt has opted for Leinsters Jordi Murphy at openside for the meeting with New Zealand, Murphy will be alongside CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip, with Josh van der Flier providing cover from the bench.

Donnacha Ryan gets the starting nod alongside Devin Toner in the second row, while Jack McGrath, captain Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong form the front row.

Schmidt’s bench also includes Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Sean Cronin, and Kieran Marmion.

Ireland (v New Zealand):

15. Rob Kearney
14. Andrew Trimble
13. Jared Payne
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Simon Zebo
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Devin Toner
6. CJ Stander
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Jamie Heaslip

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin
17. Cian Healy
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Ultan Dillane
20. Josh van der Flier
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Joey Carbery
23. Garry Ringrose

 

With a lack of second rows available, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has named Jerome Kaino in the second row for the game.

Following the withdrawals of Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock through injury and the return of Luke Romano to New Zealand due to a family bereavement Hansen is trusting in Kaino with his experience to deliver the goods.

Kaino, who usually operates at blindside flanker or number eight, has been selected in the second row alongside Blues team-mate Patrick Tuipulotu.

Scott Barrett, the 22-year-old brother of out-half Beauden, is in line to win his first international cap at lock having been named on the bench.

Aaron Smith is brought in a t scrum half after recent disciplinary issues.

The experienced Ben Smith once again lines out at fullback where he will be flanked by the relatively green Waisake Naholo and the explosive Julian Savea, who has scored 45 tries in 49 Test matches.

Ryan Crotty, who broke Irish hearts with his last-gasp try at the Aviva in 2013, will partner George Moala, who will earn just his fourth international cap, in a somewhat surprising selection ahead of Malakai Fekitoa, in midfield.

Joe Moody, Dane Coles and Owen Franks form a formidable front row while the back row is made up of Liam Squire, Sam Cane and captain Kieran Read.

New Zealand team

15. Ben Smith
14. Waisake Naholo
13. George Moala
12. Ryan Crotty
11. Julian Savea
10. Beauden Barrett
9. Aaron Smith

1. Joe Moody
2. Dane Coles
3. Owen Franks
4. Patrick Tuipulotu
5. Jerome Kaino
6. Liam Squire
7. Sam Cane
8. Kieran Read

Replacements:
16. Codie Taylor
17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi
18. Charlie Faumuina
19. Scott Barrett
20. Ardie Savea
21. TJ Perenara
22. Aaron Cruden
23. Malakai Fekitoa