Strong Ulster presence for Fiji clash

Published Thursday, 15 November 2012
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Coach Declan Kidney has selected six Ulster players to start for Ireland XV when they face Fiji on Saturday at Thomond Park in Limerick.

Strong Ulster presence for Fiji clash
Declan Kidney says he's confident in the players selected for Saturday. (© Getty)

Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson have been named in the backs, with Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy starting up front.

Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson have yet to get a cap for Ireland, and will have to wait a bit longer than this weekend, as the Fiji clash is a non-capped match.

In-form Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall features on a strong the bench that includes Cian Healy, Donnacha Ryan and Jonathan Sexton.

Ireland have retained only three players from their recent match against South Africa.

Captain Jamie Heaslip, scrum-half Conor Murray and tighthead Mike Ross are the surviving trio.

New Zealand-born prop Michael Bent, who made his Test debut against the Springboks despite arriving in Ireland only two weeks earlier, must settle for a place among the replacements after losing out to Ross.

"We know it will be a difficult test and this is a vote of confidence for the players we've picked," coach Declan Kidney said.

"We know they'll do a job and they've been training really well over the last two and a half weeks. We feel they deserve their go."

Ireland, who face Argentina in the climax to their Guinness Series on Saturday week, have won all three previous meetings with Fiji.

Starting XV: D Hurley (Munster); F McFadden (Leinster), D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson (Ulster), C Murray (Munster); D Kilcoyne (Munster) , S Cronin, M Ross (Leinster); D O'Callaghan (Munster), D Tuohy; I Henderson (Ulster), J Muldoon (Connacht), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt).

Replacements: C Healy, R Strauss, M Bent (Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), C Henry, P Marshall (Ulster), J Sexton (Leinster), S Zebo (Munster).

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