Ireland team to play New Zealand in 2nd Test

Declan Kidney has made plenty of changes for Saturday’s 2nd Test in Christchurch. Gordon D’Arcy replaces the injured Keith Earls at inside centre, with Andrew Trimble on the left wing in place of Simon Zebo. In the pack Mike Ross returns from injury whilst Kevin McLaughlin is at blindside flanker. Declan Fitzpatrick, Peter O’Mahony and Zebo are on the bench.

15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12. Gordon D’Arcy, 11. Andrew Trimble, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Conor Murray; 1. Cian Healy, 2. Rory Best, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Dan Tuohy, 5. Donnacha Ryan, 6. Kevin McLaughlin, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip


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

6 thoughts on “Ireland team to play New Zealand in 2nd Test

  1. In order to disguise his blatant stupidity in selecting Murray ahead of Sexton, he makes an equally stupid mistake in selecting D’arcy ahead of Zebo. Laughable. This test can’t end soon enough and the quagmire Kidney has this team in can’t end soon enough. He was always made to look like a better manager than he is after the hard work was paved by Gatland and by having some of the best players Ireland has ever produced at his disposal. Still though good luck Ireland.

    1. Virtually every position is an ouch, having said that it would be for all the northern hemi sides. I think Ireland would have benefited from a slightly easier tour destination.

  2. How many more games will Kidney pick Murray with Sexton, instead of Reddan? Since the worldcup, through the six nations it was proof they not to be a combination, but still Kidney cant see it. Its time to sack the egit, as he make a fool of the Irish team.

  3. Like others I’m still confused as to why Murray gets the nod ahead of Reddan. The combination with Sexton hasn’t really worked so what possible harm could it do to give Reddan an opportunity. Still got faith in the lads to make a big improvement from last week, they’ve been bloodied but I’m sure they won’t want a repeat of last weeks thumping so will lift for the occassion (I hope)…………Been in Chch five days and felt two earthquakes already, hotel manager told me that unless it knocks you out of bed then it’s not worth worrying about, had to laugh at his stoic response.

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