Ireland boss Schmidt names side to face Baa-Baas

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Limerick's Eoin Reddan starts at scrum-half for Ireland in their international fixture with the Barbarians at Thomond Park this Thursday night, 7.45pm
IRELAND head coach Joe Schmidt has picked a mixture of young and experienced players for this Thursday night’s non-capped international with the Barbarians at Thomond Park, 7.45pm.

IRELAND head coach Joe Schmidt has picked a mixture of young and experienced players for this Thursday night’s non-capped international with the Barbarians at Thomond Park, 7.45pm.

The side will be led by number eight Jamie Heaslip and he is joined in the back-row by Ulster duo Chris Henry and Robbie Diack.

Limerick-born scrum-half Eoin Reddan, of Leinster, will partner his provincial collage Ian Madigan at half-back.

The starting line-up includes 10 Leinster players and five from Ulster. Munster players were not considered for selection because of the province’s preparations for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final, while Connacht players are being rested due to their Champions Cup play-off clash with Gloucester last weekend.

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Dave Kearney, Colm O’Shea, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss, Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, Dan Tuohy; Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Michael Bent, Mike Ross, Ben Marshall, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Paddy Jackson, Cian Kelleher.