MUNSTER’S Keith Earls continues his comeback from a long-term knee injury when he starts at outside centre in the Ireland Wolfhounds side to take on England Saxons at Musgrave Park this Friday night, 7.45pm.
Earls scored a terrific individual try on his first start of the season for Munster in the province’s facile European Champions Cup victory over Sale Sharks last weekend. The 26-year-old Limerickman was replaced just after half-time in that game.
Limerickman Earls will be partnered in the centre by Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy.
Earls’ Munster team mate Felix Jones will captain the Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork from full-back. Fit-again Leinster back-row forward Sean O’Brien is set to start at number eight.
Tickets for the game, which will be shown live on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD, are available from Ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland Wolfhounds: Felix Jones (captain); Fergus McFadden, Keith Earls, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Ian Madigan, Kieran Marmion; Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss, Jack McGrath; Mike McCarthy, Iain Henderson; Jack Conan, Sean O’Brien, Dominic Ryan. Replacements: Rob Herring, Michael Bent, Nathan White, Robbie Diack, Isaac Boss, Noel Reid, Craig Gilroy.
England Saxons XV: Chris Pennell; Chris Ashton, Elliot Daly Sam Burgess, Marland Yarde; Henry Slade, Lee Dickson (captain); Matt Mullan , Rob Webber, Henry Thomas; Matt Garvey, James Gaskell; Dave Ewers, Matt Kvesic, Thomas Waldrom. Replacements: Luke Cowan Dickie, Alex Waller, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Maro Itoje, Carl Fearns, Joe Simpson, Ollie Devoto, Christian Wade.