THREE Munster players have been selected to start for Ireland in Saturday’s final World Cup warm-up game with England at Twickenham, 2.30pm.
The Irish side, which will be captained by Limerickman Paul O’Connell, will include Simon Zebo at full-back, Conor Murray at scrum-half and Peter O’Mahony in the back-row.
Munster second row Donnacha Ryan is included among the replacements along with Limerick-born Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan.
Keith Earls is ruled out of Saturday’s London clash because of return-to-play protocols after suffering a knock to the head against Wales last Saturday at Aviva Stadium.
IRELAND v England: Simon Zebo, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray, Jack McGrath, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell (Capt), Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Tadhg Furlong, Nathan White, Donnacha Ryan, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Darren Cave.
ENGLAND v Ireland: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Brad Barritt, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (Capt), Ben Morgan. Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, Billy Vunipola, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess.