The Ireland coaching group have named the side that will take on the world champions at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon.  (15:00 Local / 20:00 Irish Time)

Rory Best captain’s the side and is joined in the front row by Tadhg Furlong and Jack McGrath.  Devin Toner and Donnacha Ryan are paired in the engine room with Jordi Murphy and CJ stander on the flanks either side of vice captain Jamie Heaslip.

Conor Murray starts at scrum-half with Johnny Sexton returning to the No.10 jersey having missed the South African tour due to injury.  Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are re-united in midfield while Andrew Trimble and Simon Zebo fill the wing positions with Rob Kearney at fullback.

Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose are named among the replacements.

IRELAND team to play New Zealand – Saturday 5th November, 2016

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
13. Jared Payne (Ulster)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)
11. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s/Leinster)
9.  Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)
7. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
6. CJ Stander (Munster)
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
4. Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (c)
1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster)


16. Sean Cronin (St Mary’s/Leinster)
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht)
19. Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)
20. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)
21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster)
23. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)


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