Ireland team to face South Africa

Declan Kidney has named his side to take on South Africa at Landsdowne Road this weekend, with Brian O’Driscoll overcoming injury concerns to captain the side.

Ireland team
15 – Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) Captain
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrcok College/Leinster)
10 – Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
9 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
3 – Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 – Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)
6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:
16 – Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20 – Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22 – Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster) / Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) / Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

8 thoughts on “Ireland team to face South Africa

  1. I reckon Trimble will get a chance this Autumn…

    Good to see Reddan and Sexton in as the half-backs, and O’Leary might find it hard to break back in if they go well over the next few weeks.

    Decent chance to beat the Boks, I hope they take it.

  2. 6 Leinster backs. Suddenly Saracens’ defeat to them in the Heineken Cup at Wembley doesn’t look so bad. Not many international teams have the luxury of fielding a unit who traion together every day. Be very interesting to see how they go because there’s a feeling that this Ireland team, like South Africa, are just on the wrong side of the curve, that perhaps they may have already peaked.

  3. On paper, cracking team. But they have been so for the past few years and after their decent run and promise in 2007 that they were peaking at the right time, it’s been a downhill slide with their best players off form.

    I hope they turn it round and get a ‘W’ out of the SA game.

  4. One word of advice to Ireland…….HABANA.
    If Ireland can put some pressure on Bryan Habana, they will be able to get more ball and advantages.
    Bryan Habana is out of form, at an all time low. He cannot handle the pressure. Put some high
    hanging balls on him.
    Habana is lately trying to become the “king of intercepts”. IRELAND, please take advantage of this.
    He move out of his defencive line to intercept thus creating an overlap for the attacking team.
    Remember Ireland…..PRESSURE ON HABANA and you will win this test

  5. Word from the South African camp is that they have a major centre crisis.
    Chances are good that regular winger Bryan Habana might switch to centre. This is great news for
    Ireland as Habana has lost all his form. Why SA still pick this bloke for internationals, is beyond my
    understanding. Seeing that he might play out of posision and very much out of form, Ireland can capitalize on this. I have watched a lot of Super 14 and Currie Cup matches throughout the year and
    believe me, this dude is definately not up to standard. Very poor under the high ball, no ball skills,
    falling over his own two feet, knocking on the ball frequently etc. He looks like an amature rugby player.
    I agree with Chris. Put pressure on him. He WILL fail. He chases every kick-off, but fails to make the
    first tackle (every kick-off !!!!). He constantly creates gaps and overlaps for the attacking team.
    My advice too….put a lot of pressure on Habana. Ireland can win this one.
    Go Ireland !!!!! I will be supporting you all the way…..

  6. This is clearly a team put together to get Ireland back to winning ways with established combinations being used for the most part. Some people are being included so they can garner experience but mostly Kidney wants to get off to a winning start first of all. Samoa will be used to blood other players before a final decision is made regarding selection for the New Zealand and Argentina games.

    The way people are talking about it you would think this is O’Brien’s last shot before the world cup.

    Last season Kidney introduced Sexton and stuck with him. I am sure he has plans to do the same with O’Brien if not a few others in the squad.

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