Zebo named in Ireland team to face Italy

Zebo named in Ireland team to face Italy

Simon Zebo in action during training for Ireland

MUNSTER’S Simon Zebo is included at full-back in place of the injured Rob Kearney for Ireland’s 6 Nations clash with Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 1.30pm.

Zebo makes his second start of the campaign as Kearney is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

In all five Munster players have been included in Joe Schmidt’s starting line-up for the Round 4 fixture between the two winless sides.

Conor Murray and Keith Earls remain in the backline at scrum-half and the left wing respectively, while second row Donnacha Ryan and back-row CJ Stander also retain their starting positions from the most recent clash with England.

Leinster’s Limerick-born hooker Sean Cronin is listed among the replacements for the 6 Nations tie.

IRELAND: Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster); Jonathan Sexton (St Mary's College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (Capt), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster); Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster); CJ Stander (Munster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster). 

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St Mary's College/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht), Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht), Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)