Ireland side for Newlands opener

Date published: June 9 2016

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his team for their opening tour match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

Rory Best captains the side and is joined in the front-row by Jack McGrath and Mike Ross. Devin Toner and Iain Henderson pack down in the second-row with Jordi Murphy named at openside, CJ Stander at blindside flank and Jamie Heaslip at number eight.

Conor Murray and Paddy Jackson are the half-backs while Luke Marshall lines out at inside centre with Robbie Henshaw playing at outside centre. Jared Payne is named at full-back with Andrew Trimble and Keith Earls on the wings.

The replacements named are Sean Cronin, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Furlong, Ultan Dillane, Rhys Ruddock, Kieran Marmion, Ian Madigan and Craig Gilroy.

Ireland: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Finlay Bealham, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Craig Gilroy

Date: Saturday, June 11
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matthew Carley (England)

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