POC leads Ireland against Wales

Date published: August 27 2015

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Paul O'Connell returns to lead Ireland for their third World Cup warm-up game at home to Wales in Dublin on Saturday.

O'Connell is partnered in the second row by Iain Henderson. Jamie Heaslip starts at number eight with Peter O'Mahony returning on the blindside flank and Jordi Murphy filling the openside berth.

The front row consists of Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss and Nathan White, with the Connacht tighthead prop making his first international start having come off the bench against Scotland two weeks ago.

Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton pair up at half-back, their first appearances in the warm-ups, with Robbie Henshaw and Luke Fitzgerald lining up together in midfield. It will be Fitzgerald's first start at centre since the November 2008 win over Argentina.

The back three consists of Keith Earls, a recent try-scorer against Wales in Cardiff, and brothers Dave and Rob Kearney. Dave, who is back to full fitness, is set for his first start on the wing since the 2014 Six Nations title-clinching victory over France.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Luke Fitzgerald, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (c), 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Nathan White, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Sean O'Brien, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Felix Jones

Date: Saturday, August 29
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 14:30 local (13:30 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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