Just two Munster players in Irish side

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

JUST two Munster players have been named in Ireland’s starting line-up to face New Zealand in Saturday’s second Test in Christchurch (8.35am Irish time)

JUST two Munster players have been named in Ireland’s starting line-up to face New Zealand in Saturday’s second Test in Christchurch (8.35am Irish time)

Munster’s Conor Murray is retained at scrum-half in the Irish side to face the All-Blacks, while his provincial team-mate Donnacha Ryan is again named in the second-row.

However, there was disappointment for winger Simon Zebo and flanker Peter O’Mahony, who have to make do with places on the replacements bench having started the first Test in Auckland last Saturday.

In all, the Irish side shows four changes from the starting XV that took the field in the first test last weekend.

Gordon D’Arcy starts at inside centre in place of Keith Earls, who was not considered for selection due to a chest injury that he picked up in the first test.

Elsewhere in the backline, Andrew Trimble comes onto the left wing in place of Zebo, who is named in the replacements in place of Darren Cave.

Kevin McLaughlin, who came on in the second half of the first test, is named in the back row, with Peter O’Mahony swapping places to move into the replacements. Mike Ross comes back into the team in place of Declan Fitzpatrick at tight head, with Fitzpatrick moving to the replacements instead of Ronan Loughney.

Ireland Team & replacements v New Zealand, Steinlager Series, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday, June 16:

Rob Kearney (Leinster); Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster) Captain, Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Andrew Trimble ( Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster); Cian Healy (Leinster), Rory Best (Ulster), Mike Ross (Leinster); Dan Touhy (Ulster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster); Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Sean O’Brien (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

Replacements: Sean Cronin (Leinster), Declan Fitzpatrick (Ulster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Ronan O’Gara (Munster), Simon Zebo (Munster)