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Ireland changes revealed

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Coach Andy Farrell has named the Ireland team for Saturday’s second Test against South Africa in Durban.


Caelan Doris captains the team for the second time as Ireland bid to level the two-match Series at Hollywood Bets King’s Park.

After making his Test debut last weekend in Pretoria, Jamie Osborne continues at fullback in an unchanged back three alongside James Lowe and Calvin Nash.

In midfield, Garry Ringrose comes into the side to partner Robbie Henshaw, while there is an all-Munster halfback pairing – with Conor Murray named at scrumhalf and Jack Crowley at flyhalf.

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In the pack, Andrew Porter, Rónan Kelleher and Tadhg Furlong are in the front row, with Joe McCarthy and James Ryan named in the engine room.

Tadhg Beirne switches to blindside flank, with Josh van der Flier at openside and Doris captaining the side from No.8.


There are strong options for Farrell to call upon from the bench, with Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Ryan Baird and Peter O’Mahony providing the forward replacements, as Caolin Blade, Ciaran Frawley and Stuart McCloskey complete the Ireland Match Day 23.

Ireland: 15 Jamie Osborne, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Caelan Doris (captain), 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 4 Joe McCarthy, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rónan Kelleher, 1 Andrew Porter.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Caolin Blade. 22 Ciaran Frawley, 23 Stuart McCloskey.

Date: Saturday, July 13
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.00 (16.00 UK time; 15.00 GMT)
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (England), Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Ian Tempest (England)


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