Ireland team to face New Zealand in second test

Updated: June 14, 2012

Ireland has named their starting XV to face New Zealand in the second test, this coming Saturday, and make four changes to the side which lost the first test in Auckland last week.

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As expected Gordan Darcy replaces the injured Keith Earls in the inside centre while Simon Zebo makes way for Ulster’s Andrew Trimble on the left wing.

In the forwards Leinsters Kevin McLoughlin is named at blind-side as Sean O’ Brien moves to open-side, while Peter O’ Mahony moves to the replacements bench. Mike Ross is recalled in place of Declan Fitzpatrick at tight head who also moves to the bench.

Ireland team to face New Zealand:

15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (capt), 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray,

1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Dan Touhy, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 7 Sean O’Brien, 8 Jamie Heaslip

16 Sean Cronin, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Donncha O’Callaghan, 19 Peter O’Mahony, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Simon Zebo

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