O'Mahony captains Ireland as O'Donoghue wins first cap

O'Mahony captains Ireland as O'Donoghue wins first cap

FOUR Munster players, including two new caps, Jack O’Donoghue and Billy Holland, have been selected to start for Ireland in Saturday’s autumn international against Canada at the Aviva Stadium, 7.15pm.

The Ireland team, which also includes Munster winger Keith Earls, will be captained by his provincial team mate Peter O’Mahony.

Saturday night’s game will be Peter O’Mahony’s first outing in a green shirt since the 2015 Rugby World Cup.   

Number eight O'Mahony is joined in the backrow by Sean O'Brien and Jack O'Donoghue.  Ultan Dillane and Billy Holland combine in the second row with Finlay Bealham, Sean Cronin and Cian Healy making up the front row.  

Kieran Marmion and Paddy Jackson form a partnership at half-back while Luke Marshall and new cap Garry Ringrose are paired in midfield.  The back three is made up of Craig Gilroy and Earls on the wings and Tiernan O'Halloran at fullback.

Munster Munster players, props Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan, as well as second-row Donnacha Ryan, who started in Ireland’s historic win over New Zealand in Chicago last weekend, have been named among the replacements for the Canada clash.

IRELAND v Canada: Tiernan O’Halloran; Craig Gilroy, Garry Ringrose, Luke Marshall, Keith Earls; Paddy Jackson, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Sean O’Brien, Jack O’Donoghue. Replacements: James Tracy, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Donnacha Ryan, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Niyi Adeolokun.