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14 Aug 2022

Keith Earls out as Ireland make one change to team line-up for second test with All-Blacks

Keith Earls out as Ireland make one change to team line-up for second test with All-Blacks

Keith Earls

KEITH EARLS misses out as Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made one change to Ireland's starting line-up for the second Test against New Zealand which takes place on Saturday at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

In place of the Limerick man, Mack Hansen is introduced on the right wing to play alongside James Lowe and Hugo Keenan in the backfield.

Two Munster players remain in the starting team - Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony.

Another two are on the bench - Joey Carbery and Conor Murray, who will hope to win his 98 cap if introduced.

Captain Johnny Sexton will again be partnered by Jamison Gibson Park at half-back while Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose continue their centre partnership.

The pack is unchanged from the first Test in Auckland with Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan and Tadhg Furlong in the front row and Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan at lock. Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris are named in the backrow.

Rob Herring and Finlay Bealham, who were ruled out of the first Test, return to be named amongst the replacements alongside Cian Healy, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery and Bundee Aki.

IRELAND: Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Jamison Gibson Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris. Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Bundee Aki.

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