O’Brien starts for Ireland

Date published: November 17 2016

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Ireland have made one change to their starting XV that lined out against New Zealand in Chicago for their rematch in Dublin on Saturday.

Sean O’Brien comes in for the injured Jordi Murphy on the flank.

Rory Best will win his 99th cap as he leads out the team on Saturday. He is partnered in the front-row by Jack McGrath and Tadhg Furlong with Devin Toner and Donnacha Ryan in the second-row.

Vice-captain Jamie Heaslip will win his 90th cap for Ireland on Saturday. He is joined in the back-row by O’Brien, who played 67 minutes against Canada last Saturday, and CJ Stander.

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton fill the half-back positions while Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne continue their midfield partnership.

The back three sees Rob Kearney at full-back with Andrew Trimble and Simon Zebo on the wings.

Paddy Jackson is named in the replacements having started against Canada while Iain Henderson also returns to the squad on the bench.

The other replacements are Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion and Garry Ringrose.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Garry Ringrose

Date: Saturday, November 19
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

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