Four Connacht players in Ireland 23

15 June 2017

Four Connacht players in Ireland 23
Quinn Roux maintains his place the Ireland team with Kieran Marmion, Tiernan O'Halloran and Finlay Bealham among the replacements for the clash against Japan at the Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka on Saturday (6am Irish time).

Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock is joined in the back row by Dan Leavy and Jack Conan as Roux and Devin Toner are paired in the second row with Cian Healy, Niall Scannell and John Ryan filling the front row positions.

Luke McGrath makes his first start for Ireland at scrum-half and his half-back partner is Paddy Jackson. Rory Scannell starts at inside centre alongside Garry Ringrose in midfield and there is an all Munster back three combination with Simon Zebo at full back and Keith Earls and Andrew Conway named on the wings.

There are two uncapped players among the replacements – Kieran Treadwell and Rory O'Loughlin alongside James Tracy, Dave Kilcoyne, Bealham, Jack O'Donoghue, Marmion and O'Halloran.

The match kicks off at 14:00 local time (06:00 Irish time) and is being broadcast by Eir in ROI.

IRELAND v Japan – Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan

15. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 34 caps

14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 1 cap

13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps

12. Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 1 cap

11. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 60 caps

10. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 23 caps

9. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 68 caps

2. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 5 caps

3. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 7 caps

4. Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 2 caps

5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 48 caps

6. Rhys Ruddock (c) (St Mary's College/Leinster) 14 caps

7. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps

8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 2 caps


16. James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps

17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 18 caps

18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 6 caps

19. Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) Uncapped

20. Jack O'Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 1 cap

21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 14 caps

22. Rory O'Loughlin (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Uncapped

23. Tiernan O'Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps