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Ireland ‘A’ Team Named

Ireland ‘A’ Team Named

Ireland ‘A’ coach Michael Bradley has made three changes in personnel for the finals day of the Churchill Cup. Ireland ‘A’ play Scotland ‘A’ in the 3rd and 4th place playoff

Twickenham is the place to be on Saturday for a feast of rugby in the Churchill Cup with all six teams playing.

Ireland ‘A’ will play their Scottish counterparts in the 3rd / 4th place playoffs. Coach Michael Bradly has again made changes to the team that started the last game.

Johnny Murphy moves to fullback in place of Ross McCarron who has returned home with an injured thumb. To accomodate this switch try scorer Keith Earls reverts to the left wing with Seamus Mallon coming in to partner Darren Cave in the centre.  Frank Murphy and Johnny Sexton again for the half back partnership.

Up front there are two changes one in the front row and one in the back row. John Lyne comes in for the injured Ray Hogan at loosehead while John Muldoon replaces Johnny O’Sullivan, who drops to the bench, to line out alongside Roger Wilson and Johnny O’Connor. Andrew Farley and Ryan Caldwell make up the engine room partnership.

IRELAND ‘A’ TEAM AND REPLACEMENTS (v Scotland ‘A’, Churchill Cup, Saturday, June 2nd, Twickenham, 13:45pm):

15 – Johnny Murphy (Leicester Tigers)
14 – Paul McKenzie (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
13 – Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
12 – Seamus Mallon (Northampton)
11 – Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)
10 – Johnny Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
9 – Frank Murphy (Leicester Tigers)
1 – John Lyne (Lansdowne/Leinster)
2 – John Fogarty (Buccaneers/Connacht) (capt)
3 – Michael Ross (NEC Harlequins)
4 – Ryan Caldwell (Dungannon/Ulster)
5 – Andrew Farley (Buccaneers/Connacht)
6 – John Muldoon (Galwegians/Connacht)
7 – *Johnny O’Connor (London Wasps)
8 – *Roger Wilson (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)


16 – Sean Cronin (Shannon/Munster)
17 – Declan Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
18 – Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
19 – John O’Sullivan (Garryowen/Munster)
20 – Chris Keane (Buccaneers/Connacht)
21 – Ian Keatley (UCD/Leinster)
22 – Fergus McFadden (UCD/Leinster)
N.B. *Capped at full international level

Tour Management –

Michael Bradley (Coach)
Allen Clarke (Assistant Coach)
Joey Miles (Manager)
George Murray (Video Analyst)
Simon Harland (Physiotherapist)
Des Ryan (Fitness Advisor)