The Ireland coaching team have named the side to face Italy at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday. 22-year-old Connacht back Robbie Henshaw will make his Rugby World Cup debut, lining out in the centre with Keith Earls. Nathan White is named among the replacements.

Paul O’Connell captain’s the side and is joined in the second row by Iain Henderson.  The backrow is made up of Jamie Heaslip at No.8, Sean O’Brien at open-side and Peter O’Mahony at blindside.
Mike Ross returns to the front row along with Rory Best and Jack McGrath.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are paired at half-back with Henshaw and Keith Earls in the centre.  The back three is made up of Simon Zebo at fullback with Tommy Bowe and Dave Kearney filling the wing positions.

Among the replacements are Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, White, Devin Toner, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Luke Fitzgerald.

IRELAND team to play Italy – 04.10.15

15. Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster)
14. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
13. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s/Leinster)
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Con/Munster)
5. Paul O’Connell (Young Munster) captain
4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
1. Jack McGrath (St Mary’s/Leinster)

16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
18. Nathan White (Connacht)
19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
20. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)
21. Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)
22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster)
23. Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster)


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