O’Gara to captain Ireland against Barbarians

Veteran fly half Ronan O’Gara will captain an Ireland XV that will play a non-cap match against the Barbarians in Gloucester on Tuesday.


Ireland’s most capped player will be partnered at halfback by Conor Murray, while Paddy Wallace and Darren Cave line up in the centres.


Keith Earls starts at fullback with uncapped duo Craig Gilroy and Simon Zebo making their first starts in a senior game on each wing.


In the pack, Brett Wilkinson and Declan Fitzpatrick will pack down on either side of Mike Sherry in an uncapped front row.


Dan Tuohy and Donnacha Ryan form a new second row partnership at this level while Peter O’Mahony starts at number 8 with John Muldoon and Chris Henry completing the back row.


Ireland XV (15-1)


Keith Earls (Munster); Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Paddy Wallace (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster); Ronan O’Gara (Munster, capt), Conor Murray (Munster); Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Chris Henry (Ulster), John Muldoon (Connacht); Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster); Declan Fitzpatrick (Ulster), Mike Sherry (Munster), Brett Wilkinson (Connacht)


Replacements: Rory Best (Ulster), Ronan Loughney (Connacht), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), James Coughlan (Munster), Paul Marshall (Ulster), Nevin Spence (Ulster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster)

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