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Ireland rugby team to face The All Blacks - 6 changes made !
Tuesday, 11th November 2008

The Ireland team to play New Zealand shows six changes from the starting team that opened the GUINNESS Series with a victory over Canada in Thomond Park last Saturday.

Girvan Dempsey comes into the side at fullback and Tomas OLeary is selected to start his first international at scrumhalf, having previously come on as a replacement against Argentina. Both Keith Earls and Eoin Reddan revert to the replacements after starting last weekend.

The remaining four changes are all in the pack with Rory Best and John Hayes starting at hooker and prop respectively following their introduction as replacements last week. The backrow combination also sees changes with Alan Quinlan and David Wallace, who were both try scoring replacements against Canada, starting on either side of the scrum.

The team will be captained by Brian ODriscoll for the 50th time.

Ireland Team (to play New Zealand, GUINNESS Series 2008, Croke Park, Saturday November 15th 17:15)

15 Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College/Leinster)

14 Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

13 Brian ODriscoll (UCD/Leinster)

12 Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

11 Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

10 Ronan OGara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

9 Tomas OLeary (Dolphin/Munster)

1 Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)

2 Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

3 John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)

4 Donncha OCallaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

5 Paul OConnell (Young Munster/Munster)

6 Alan Quinlan (Shannon/Munster)

7 David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

8 Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)


16 - Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)

17 - Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)

18 - Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)

19 Shane Jennings (St.Marys College/Leinster)

20 - Eoin Reddan (Wasps)

21 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

22 Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

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