Munster's Chris Farrell to make Irish debut against Fiji

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Munster's Chris Farrell

Munster centre Chris Farrell, formerly of Grenoble, will be capped for Ireland on Saturday

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named the match day squad to take on Fiji at a sold out Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the Guinness Series 2017.

Munster's Chris Farrell is set to win his first cap alongside Stuart McCloskey in a new look centre partnership while fellow Munster men Andrew Conway who moves to fullback with Darren Sweetnam, who won his first cap last week, starting for the first time.

Leinster's David Kearney returns to the side to complete the back three while Kieran Marmion will partner Joey Carbery in the halfbacks.

Up front Rhys Ruddock captains the side and he is joined in the backrow by Jack Conan and Jordi Murphy, who lined out for the Barbarians last week.

Connacht's Ultan Dillane joins Devin Toner in the second row, while Jack McGrath returns to duty in the front row where he is joined by Rob Herring and Andrew Porter.

James Tracy, who made his debut this time last year against Canada and Kieran Treadwell, who won his first cap on the summer tour are included in the replacements.

Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, CJ Stander and Robbie Henshaw are inlcuded from last week's starting fifteen with Luke McGrath and Ian Keatley completing the replacements.

Ireland Team & Replacements (v Fiji, Guinness Series 2017, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, November 18, 5.30pm)

15. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 4 caps
14. Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster) 1 cap
13. Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster)*
12. Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/UIster) 1 cap
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 16 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 5 caps
9. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 17 caps
1. Jack McGrath (St Mary's College/Leinster) 41 caps
2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 2 caps
3. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
4. Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 10 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 51 caps
6. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster) 17 caps Captain
7. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 17 caps
8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 4 caps

Replacements
16. James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 71 caps
18. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 17 caps
19. Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) 2 caps
20. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 16 caps
21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
22. Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
23. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 30 caps

*Denotes uncapped player