23 May, 12:21
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
The new look side, showing 13 changes from the selected team against Wales, includes the return to international duty of backs Denis Hickie and Rob Henderson and prop forward John Hayes, each of whom missed the summer tour to Australia, Samoa and Tonga because of injury.
Victor Costello, who was forced to cry off the Welsh game because of injury, is back on the team at N0. 8 for his 31st appearance, while Marcus Horan resumes his place at loose head prop, having been ruled out of selection against Wales because of an ankle injury, while neither Ronan O'Gara nor Shane Horgan were considered because of injury.
Ireland ( v Italy, Thomond Park, Aug. 30th, 3pm).
15 - Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College) 14 - John Kelly (Munster - Cork Constitution) 13 - Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - Blackrock College) capt. 12 - Rob Henderson (Munster - Garryowen) 11 - Denis Hickie (Leinster - St. Mary's College) 10 - David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon) 9 - Guy Easterby (Rotherham) 1 - Marcus Horan (Munster - Shannon) 2 - Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College) 3 - John Hayes (Munster - Shannon) 4 - Gary Longwell (Ulster - Ballymena) 5 - Leo Cullen (Leinster - Blackrock College) 6 - Simon Easterby (Llanelli) 7 - Eric Miller (Leinster - Terenure College) 8 - Victor Costello (Leinster - St. Mary's College)
Replacements: 16 - Paul Shields (Ulster - Ballymena) 17 - Justin Fitzpatrick (Castres) 18 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster -Cork Constitution) 19 - Kieron Dawson (London Irish) 20 - Brian O'Meara (Leinster - Cork Constitution) 21 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester) 22 - Jonathan Bell (Ulster - Dungannon).